Abortion opponents face legal setback in southern US
Abortion rights activists demonstrate in Indianapolis the day after Roe v. Wade.
For the first time since the end of abortion rights in the United States, a US state Supreme Court has guaranteed it Thursday for its inhabitants, in the name of the local Constitution, inflicting a major setback on opponents of this medical procedure.
South Carolina's highest court has struck down a law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. We believe that the right to privacy enshrined in our Constitution covers women's decisions to have an abortion, she said.
It was with similar reasoning that the United States Supreme Court sanctified, in 1973, in its Roe v. Wade, the right of American women to have an abortion. But last June, in a historic about-face, she deemed this decision to be wrong and gave freedom to each state to legislate as it pleases in the matter.
Since then, the country has been divided between states that have decreed bans, mainly located in the South and the center, and those that have reinforced access to pregnancy terminations on their territory. ground, rather on the coasts.
And this landscape is very fluid, with each measure subject to cascading appeals before the local courts.
Since June, restrictive measures have been urgently blocked in several States pending substantive decisions. The South Carolina Supreme Court is the first to issue a final judgment.
This is a monumental victory for the protection of legal abortions in the South, reacted the organization Planned Parenthood, which manages many abortion clinics .
This indeed opens up new opportunities for women in the region who are deprived of access to abortion, particularly in the states of Alabama and Tennessee.
This is not necessarily the end of the war, however. In its decision, the South Carolina Supreme Court finds that the right to privacy can be limited as long as it is done in a reasonable manner.
This could allow local lawmakers to introduce new restrictions.