The United States Government today asked the US Supreme Court not to remove the precedent that legalized abortion across the country in 1973, in saying that this court “has never revoked such a fundamental right” for Americans.
The United States Attorney General, Elizabeth Prelogar, spoke thus during an audience in the Supreme about the future of “Roe versus Wade,” the 1973 decision by which the Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout the country, and which the leaders of two dozen conservative states want to eliminate.
“The real-world effects of repealing ‘Roe’ (…) would be severe and immediate”, warned Prelogar, who assured that this it would mean an “unprecedented reduction of individual rights” in the United States.
The case revolves around a Mississippi law that has not yet entered into force and that would prohibit abortion after 15 weeks of gestation in that state, the poorest in the country and where there is hardly a clinic that practices voluntary interruptions of pregnancy.
The Attorney General of Mississippi, Scott Stewart, not only has defended that law, but during today’s hearing he openly asked the Supreme Court to annul the precedent established in 1973 and another decision that reaffirmed it in 1992, considering that they “poison the law”.
Most of the discussion in the audience focused on the possibility of eliminating the “viability” standard set in the 1992 decision, which allows the pregnancy to be interrupted to the point where the fetus can survive outside the womb, around 24 weeks of gestation.
The presiding judge of the Supreme Court, the conservative John Roberts, was interested in eliminating that criterion and limiting the right to abortion at 15 weeks of gestation, as in the case of the Mississippi law, which has not yet entered into force.
Given the current composition of the Supreme, where is there six conservative judges and three progressives, the feminist movement fears that the court will overturn the precedent established in 1973, which would allow each territory of the country to prohibit or allow abortion at will.
If that happens, around half of the country’s states are expected to take steps to veto it, with which approximately Half of the women of reproductive age in the United States, some 36 million, would be left without access to abortion in the territory where they live.
The Supreme Court’s decision on the case is not expected until 2022, and will arrive, at the latest, in late June or early July.
As a sign of the enormous repercussion of this case, Hundreds of protesters gathered early in front of the Supreme Court, divided into two groups in favor and against abortion..
The defenders of the procedure demonstrated with messages that said “Abortion is health”, while those who rejected it displayed banners with slogans such as “To abort is to murder” or “God detests hands with innocent blood”.
With information from EFE