Washington (EFE).- Opponents of abortion in the United States warn that their fight did not end with the Supreme Court ruling that last June revoked the protection of that right throughout the country: “We will not stop until abortion is unthinkable ».
The protest that the March For Life organization has convened every year since 1974 had this time a symbolic importance. It was celebrated on the eve of the 50th anniversary this Sunday of the legalization of abortion and months after the highest US judicial body repealed its ruling of half a century ago.
Thousands of people, many of them students and religious, attended the appeal on the National Mall in Washington, heading towards the Capitol and the Supreme Court, reflecting that their battle continues both in the streets and in the courts.
“This year we commemorate our most significant victory, but we will not stop,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini told the audience.
El fallo «Roe vs. Wade»
When the Supreme Court revoked the “Roe v. Wade” ruling in June, it left the decision to authorize or not the voluntary protection of pregnancy in the hands of each State.
“It was a step in the right decision and a sign that our voices had been heard,” Maggie Marciniak, 27, told EFE, who attended the march from Pennsylvania with the desire to show her support for women and children. unborn and by measures that “truly defend life”.
Since the Supreme Court ruling, according to data from Planned Parenthood, the largest network of reproductive services clinics in the US, 18 of the 50 states have banned abortion or have severely restricted it, and in 13 of them access to that service is practically impossible although there are exceptions.
The battle of the opponents of abortion, as the new leader of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, Steve Scalise, stated on stage, “has lasted for decades”: “It is important that we celebrate each achievement along the way. Let’s continue the fight and win it,” he said.
Abortion figures, according to March for Life
March for Life calculates that in the United States there are about 900,000 abortions each year and indicates that this figure is expected to drop to 200,000 after the Supreme Court ruling.
“Abortion is evil, it is murder. You have to get rid of him completely. Life is a gift, “said Luke Douglas, 16, who arrived at the demonstration with classmates from his high school, Trinity Christian School, from the neighboring state of Virginia.
For many present, abortion should not contemplate exceptions, not even in the case of incest, rape or when the life of the mother is in danger: “There are always ways to protect both lives,” added Mollie McCain, 57.
The “pro-life” movement goes beyond total abolition. In the words of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), present at the march, “we must not rest until all the moral destruction that came with the sexual revolution has ended.”
The White House made it clear this Friday that it respects the right to a peaceful demonstration, but the president, Joe Biden, also stressed that his Administration will not stop until the right to abortion is restored throughout the country and until Congress enrolls it in the Constitution. .