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Anti-abortion protesters descend on Washington for a March for Life rally

Anti-abortion protesters arrived in Washington from across the country on Friday for the annual March for Life, a ritual that took on a tone of celebration this year as they expected the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion for half a century. a century ago.

Bus demonstrators have been arriving in Washington every January since 1974, a year after the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade established a nationwide right to abortion. Tensions have been higher this year for both sides in the abortion debate as they await court rulings on a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. The law directly contradicts Roe’s decision, which prohibited states from banning abortions before a fetus is viable, that is, until about 22 weeks.

During oral arguments in December, six conservative judges made it clear they were inclined to support the Mississippi law. Several judges have said they are willing to go ahead and overturn the decision in Roe’s case entirely.

“We hope and pray that this year 2022 will bring a historic change in life,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Defense and Education Foundation, which has been organizing the march since 1974.

Bailey Ash, a Virginia Liberty University freshman who arrived in Washington after a four-hour bus ride with other students on Friday morning, expressed optimism that the Supreme Court would reverse Roe’s decision in the spring. “All I can do is hope and pray for this to happen,” said Ms Ash, 18, who held up a black-and-white sign that read, “I am the generation after Row.”

Abortion rights groups also expected that the 49th anniversary of Rowe’s decision on Saturday could also be the last. They held events throughout the week, highlighting how they say Roe’s decision improved the health and economic security of women and families, and warning of the risks if the court overturned it.

On Thursday night, abortion rights group Catholics for Choice illuminated messages on the walls of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in northeast Washington, the largest Catholic church in North America, as anti-abortion demonstrators gathered inside for an all-night vigil. Reports on the tower of the basilica noted that one in four women having an abortion is Catholic and that 68 percent of Catholics in a Pew poll support Rowe’s decision. “Pro-Choice Catholics, you are not alone,” read one.

Catholic opinion reflects that of Americans more broadly, with 59% of those polled by Pew saying abortion should be legal in all or most cases, and 39% saying it should be illegal. Opinions remained relatively stable after Rowe’s decision, but the party split widened. Now more Democrats and fewer Republicans are saying abortion should be legal.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, which supports the right to abortion, laws in 26 states will immediately ban abortion if a court overturns Roe’s decision, a band that stretches from Idaho and Arizona in the west to Ohio and Florida and includes 36 million women of reproductive age.

Other states have rushed to pass laws restricting abortion except in the very first weeks of pregnancy, before many women realize they are pregnant.

The number of abortions in the United States has declined since Rowe’s time, with 862,000 abortions performed in clinics in 2017, according to several studies. But this decrease is mainly due to a decrease in the number of pregnancies. The numbers show that the Row cancellation will mainly affect poor women, women of color and those who are already mothers.

Ms. Mancini, president of the March for Life, accused pro-abortion rights groups of raising fears about the risks associated with Row’s fall. She argued that reversing the decision would simply return the issue of abortion rights to the states to decide in accordance with the wishes of their citizens.

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