Politicians have already intervened: Harris, “Vice” of US President Joe Biden, called for people to fight for women’s rights. Meanwhile, in the state of Oklahoma, the Republican governor signed legislation drastically tightening abortion regulations.
On Monday evening, the magazine “Politico” published the draft of a ruling by the US Supreme Court, according to which the country’s abortion law should be overturned. Accordingly, the Supreme Court intends to reverse the “Roe v. Wade” that the right to abortion can be derived from the 14th Amendment and privacy protections.
The document sparked outrage in the administration of Democratic US President Joe Biden and among Democrats. The Supreme Court, while confirming the authenticity of the draft, emphasized that it was not the final decision or the final position of any judge.
A final decision from the court is expected in the next two months. An investigation has also been launched to find out how the draft got to the public. “This was a unique and egregious breach of trust that is an affront to the Court and the public servants who work here,” said Chief Justice John Roberts.
A wave of protests threatens – and a further polarization of American society. In Los Angeles, around 250 people initially protested peacefully in front of a downtown courthouse, the police said. But then a group occupied an intersection. When trying to clear the street, stones and bottles were thrown at the emergency services and an officer was injured. The police throughout the city were put on increased readiness, it was said. According to media reports, officers used batons against some of the demonstrators near Pershing Square. Initially, there were no arrests.
Protests have also been reported from other cities including Washington, Atlanta, Austin, San Francisco and New York. In Manhattan, thousands of people gathered at Foley Square. At the rally, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that she herself had aborted her child around 20 years ago. Posters read, among other things, “Misogyny kills more people than abortion” or “Stop the war against women”.
Observers assume that this was just a stumbling block – and that the wave of protests could also reach proportions such as in the case of the killed African American George Floyd in 2020.