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Rage of pro-choice protesters erupts outside US Supreme Court

Washington, May 3 (EFE).- The anger of hundreds of young Americans over the possible revocation of the legal protection of abortion erupted Tuesday in front of the country’s Supreme Court where protesters gathered to demand a halt to a rollback of rights.

“If I wanted the government involved with my uterus, I would f*ck a politician,” “My body my choice” and “Keep abortion safe and legal” were some of the messages written on the dozens of banners and signs waved in front of the steps of the court.

Although at the beginning of the day the demonstration was clearly divided between pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters, the latter ended up outnumbered.

One protester, Caroline, said she welcomed the leak of the draft document that shows the Supreme Court is poised to revoke the constitutional protection for abortion rights nationwide, included in the landmark 1973 judgment Roe v. Wade.

The draft majority opinion was confirmed by the court in a statement on Tuesday.

“Although the document described in yesterday’s reports is authentic, it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case,” it said.

An investigation has been ordered to find out the source of the leak and how it ended up in the hands of Politico, the news outlet that published it.

Pro-choice protester Sarah said she thought the reason why the right to terminate a pregnancy is in danger is because there is no true separation between Church and State in the United States.

This was one of the most repeated complaints in the speeches and slogans of the demonstrators.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries in 2020, made an impassioned surprise speech.

“I am angry because an extremist United States Supreme Court thinks they can impose their extremist views on all of the women of this country, and they are wrong,” Warren said.

“This will fall on the young women who have been abused, who are victims of incest,” Warren continued. “This will fall on those who have been raped, this will fall on mothers who are already struggling to work three jobs to be able to support the children they have.”

“I have seen the world where abortion is illegal,” she concluded. “We are not going back, not ever.”

The scene outside the court changed throughout the afternoon, particularly when many pro-choice youth left their classes at university and were able to join the protest.

On stage, a spokeswoman for the civil organization Democratic Socialists of America, lamented what it would mean for the country to leave the legality of abortion in the hands of states.

“I’m from Texas,” she told the crowd. “And you all know what happened in Texas.”

That southern state was the scene of huge controversy last year when its authorities prohibited abortion from six weeks’ gestation after the Supreme Court took no action. EFE


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