Democrats are trying to galvanize their electorate on abortion rights

(Washington) Democrats in the United States, led by Joe Biden, urged their voters on Tuesday to mobilize for the right to abortion, the day after a court decision in Florida endorsing the ban on abortion in beyond six weeks of pregnancy.




The leader of the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives, Hakeem Jeffries, co-chaired a “field meeting” in Fort Lauderdale, in this key state in the southeast of the country, in the presence of Minister of Health Xavier Becerra.

“Florida is now the main front” in the fight for abortion rights, Hakeem Jeffries said.

At the same time, Joe Biden’s campaign team launched a 30-second election clip on Tuesday in key states likely to swing the November presidential and congressional elections to recall the role played by his opponent and Republican predecessor Donald Trump .

The ex-president himself prides himself on having, through his appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States, resulted in the reversal of jurisprudence of June 2022 which annulled the federal guarantee of the right to abortion.

Since this decision giving states full latitude to legislate in this area, around twenty have banned or severely restricted access to abortion.

“Make their voice heard”

Joe Biden’s campaign team said in a statement Monday that Florida – won twice by Donald Trump – was “winnable” for Democrats because of the importance of abortion rights in this election.

The outgoing president, who made the defense of women’s rights a major focus of his campaign for a second term, called on Florida voters on Tuesday to “make their voices heard” in November.

In a press release, he described as “scandalous” the decision of the Supreme Court of this state allowing the ban from May on abortion beyond six weeks of pregnancy.

Such restrictions put “the health and lives of millions of women at risk” by making “the medical care they desperately need out of reach,” Joe Biden reaffirmed.

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The Florida Supreme Court made two separate decisions, one having the effect of very strictly limiting the use of voluntary termination of pregnancy, the other returning the final decision to the voters.

Florida’s highest court issued two separate decisions on the subject on Monday.

She, on the one hand, rejected the suspension of a law promulgated in April 2023 by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis prohibiting abortion beyond six weeks of pregnancy. This text will therefore come into force 30 days later.

The Court also validated the inclusion on the ballot papers in the November national elections of an amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion.

It is common in the United States for voters to vote simultaneously in presidential elections, legislative elections and on many local issues.

If passed by at least 60% of the vote, this amendment will be added to the Florida Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

It prohibits “the adoption of any law prohibiting, criminalizing, delaying or restricting abortion before viability or when necessary to protect the health of the patient.” Fetal viability is generally estimated around 24 weeks.

In March, Donald Trump indicated that he could support a national ban beyond 15 or 16 weeks.

But he also considered that it was not up to the federal administration to decide on these questions, warning against the electoral cost of an overly conservative position on this eminently sensitive subject.


reference: www.lapresse.ca

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