The right to abortion again weakened in the United States. On Friday, the Missouri Parliament, a Republican state in the US Midwest, passed legislation restricting access to abortion. A decision that follows that of several other conservative American states, like Alabama or Georgia, hoping to see the subject back to the judges of the US Supreme Court, 46 years after the judgment historic Roe v. Wade
The Missouri law prohibits doctors from practicing abortion after the eighth week, an act punishable by up to 15 years in prison. There are exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for victims of rape or incest. The text is yet to be promulgated by Republican Governor Mike Parson, a fierce opponent of the right to abortion who recently congratulated on Twitter for reducing the number of abortions performed each year in his state from 20,000 to 3,000.
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The law should be quickly overturned by the courts, as it is in contradiction with the emblematic judgment of the Supreme Court, Roe V. Wade, which in 1973 legalized the right to abortion. But the goal of Missouri, a rural and religious state in the center of the country, is to appeal to the high court to convince her to reconsider this decision. In the same vein, Alabama (south) has just passed a law that prohibits all abortions except in case of death for the mother, with penalties of up to 99 years in prison for doctors.
IVG prohibited as soon as fetal heartbeat is detected
Despite threats to boycott Hollywood, Georgia, where many shootings took place, had previously banned abortion as soon as the fetal heartbeat could be detected, or around the sixth week of pregnancy, a stadium where most women still do not know how to be pregnant. Since the beginning of the year, similar laws have been passed in Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi. "This torrent of extreme laws is likely to continue," predicted the Guttmacher Institute, which advocates for access to reproductive health.
The religious right is galvanized by the entry into the Supreme Court of two magistrates appointed by President Donald Trump, who tipped the Temple of Law in the conservative camp (five out of nine judges). During the presidential campaign of 2016, the Republican billionaire had conquered the conservative electorate by promising to appoint at all levels judges opposed to abortion.