Abortion and the American Court

An unexpected earthquake shakes that convulsive democracy that is the United States. Recently, a draft resolution of the court of that country was leaked in which an earlier one, from the 70’s, which basically took away from the states the power to regulate, restrict, or even prohibit the legal interruption of pregnancy, is left without effect. It is the result of a long strategy developed by Republicans and conservative groups to appoint ministers contrary to the free decisions of women on the issue and other issues of a progressive nature. The definitive change occurred when the famous judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg died and was replaced by the ultra-conservative Amy Coney Barrett, days before the presidential election that was already lost for Trump, who was thus able to appoint three ministers during his term. Apparently, nobody expected such a forceful resolution.

Just a few weeks ago, it was not possible to discuss in the Senate a piece of legislation, approved in the House of Representatives, that precisely guaranteed the right to abortion at the national level. With the new constitutional interpretation, which basically states that the Magna Carta does not establish the right to interrupt pregnancy, the states would have an open letter to prohibit and prosecute it, as will surely happen in several entities governed by Republicans. It is estimated that abortion may be prohibited or seriously restricted in 23 states, which in fact will mean that millions of women will not be able to practice it, as they will not be able to move to entities in which this intervention remains legal.

It is feared that the resolution will also open the door to backtracking on legislation on issues such as migration, civil rights and those of the community of sexual diversity, in addition to the difficulty that this means for carrying out national policies on the matter. of sexual and reproductive health. This is a clear civilizational setback, the result of the dominance of Donald Trump and his rhetoric in the Republican Party, although, in this case, it may be counterproductive in electoral terms.

In fact, the majority of American citizens support the legal termination of pregnancy, 60% think it should be allowed in most cases, against only 40% who say it should be prohibited, according to a recent survey of Pew Research Center.

Support is greater than 80% among Democrats, even among those who consider themselves moderates, and he is also slightly more popular among women overall. What is observed is a strong activism on the part of President Biden and the entire Democratic leadership against the court’s bill, which could be modified, since it will be discussed in June, and in favor of the Senate approving the legislation that would standardize that right throughout the country.

According to Blake Hounshell, the political editor of the New York Times, Democrats believe the issue will help revive their base and motivate groups that support them but had not been involved in their campaign. The Democrats have more credibility than the Republicans on the issue of guaranteeing sexual and reproductive rights, which can win over undecided pro-choice voters and get their electorate to vote in defense of that cause.

The Democratic voter and the undecided voter can realize that, on issues like this, ultra-conservative rhetoric is reflected in measures that directly affect their lives, in particular women’s health and the right to decide, that can be a good reason to go out and vote against the increasingly retrograde and conservative Republican Party.

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Vidal Llerenas Morales


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A graduate in Economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), he has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Essex, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Management from the University of York.

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