The Biden administration’s First Lady March leads directly to the Supreme Court’s move on Saturday. It is part of a national protest that calls for continued access to abortion for years at a time when conservative legislators and judges put abortion at risk.
Before the march, thousands of women filled the square for a rally near the White House. The messages contained several wavy signs such as “be careful with your womb,” “I love people who have abortions,” and “abortion is a personal choice, not a legal debate.” There is.
Some wore only T-shirts labeled “1973”, a reference to the unprecedented decision by Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion for generations of American women.
Elaine Baijal, a 19-year-old American University student, took a photo of her cell phone with her friend and her sign at the start of the event. She said that he told her that her mother would come to march with her mother for legal abortion in the 1970s.
“It’s sad that I still have to fight for my rights after 40 years, but it’s a tradition I want to continue,” Badger said of the march.
According to organisers, the March on Washington will be one of hundreds of abortion-themed protests across the country on Saturday. The demonstration will take days before a new Supreme Court term begins to determine the future of abortion rights in the United States, after President Donald Trump’s appointment of a judge tightened conservative control of the High Court.
Rachel O’Leary Carmona, secretary general of the Women’s March, said in a statement that the march was part of a “fight to secure, protect and strengthen the constitutional rights to abortion.” .. “And it is a fight against Supreme Court judges, state legislators and senators who are not on our side or are acting with the urgency needed at this time.”
The march comes on a day the Biden administration has asked federal judges to block the most restrictive abortion law in the United States, which has banned most abortions in Texas since early September. It is one of a series of cases that give the country the opportunity of a divided High Court to uphold or dismiss the Roe v. Wade case.
Texas law was the speaker’s focus. Planned Parenthood-Child president Alexis McGill Johnson, nationally, was forced to drive across state borders for hours to terminate her pregnancy weeks after a Texas law came into force. talked about women.
“Times are dark… but so here we are,” Johnson told the crowds in Freedom Square and the surrounding streets. In his next term of Supreme Court, “Wherever you are, this fight is now at your doorstep.”
Opponents of women’s access to abortion called the theme of this year’s march “the macabre.”
“What about equal rights to the fetus?” Jean Mancini, president of the anti-abortion group called March for Life, tweeted.
The women’s march has become a regular event since millions of women emerged in the United States and around the world the day after Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, but was interrupted by a coronavirus pandemic. .. Trump approved the sentencing of a woman who had an abortion and made the appointment of a conservative judge a mission of his presidency.
Not having Trump as a central figure to push back women of different political beliefs and the pandemic still going strong, organizers said there were hundreds of thousands of participants across the country on Saturday instead of the millions in 2017. Talk about people.
Latina comedian and activist Cristela Alonzo hosted a rally in Washington on Saturday. The rally saw speeches from many supporters and providers of access to abortion. Actress Busy Phillips and swimmer Schuyler Beller were to attend.
Security in the capital was mild compared to a political rally held a few weeks earlier in support of Trump supporters imprisoned in the January 6 riots. There are no fences around the US Capitol, and the Capitol police chief said there was nothing to suggest Saturday’s rally was violent.