“NopeWe will not go back”, “my body, my choice” and “resist” were some of the slogans shouted by a list of celebrities and progressive politicians and repeated by the crowd, which could have reached 50 thousand people, according to organization of the Women’s March Foundation.
“Women have always found ways to have an abortion. Making this procedure illegal will not prevent abortions, it will only prevent women from having them safely,” said actress Milla Jovovich, known for films such as “The 5th Element”. Evil”, on stage installed next to the camera in Los Angeles.
And he added: “Once this door is opened, the courtroom is crowded [Donald] Trump will have the power to change the course of history, undoing all the hard-won human rights victories of the past fifty years.”
If the legal precedent set in 1973 in Roe v. Wade is dismantled, as the anonymized draft states, abortion ceases to be a constitutional right and will be banned in more than half of the United States. There are 26 states with legislation ready to partially or totally abolish access to abortion, even in cases of rape, incest or serious danger to the woman’s life.
“It’s abuse. It’s state torture,” accused Milla Jovovich. “This is a country that is ruled by religious fundamentalists and that has to stop.”
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In Los Angeles, Senator Alex Padilla warned protesters that the conservative movement “is not going to stop there”, referring to statements by Republican politicians, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, on possible restrictions on contraceptives, ‘in vitro fertilization’, intrauterine devices and even a nationwide ban on abortion.
Actress Christine Lahti (“Law & Order”, “Chicago Hope”) pointed out that girls and young women will have fewer rights than previous generations and that this is female oppression.
“Our collective anger is our superpower,” he said. “Even though it scares us, the truth is that we scared them. We are a dangerous threat to their patriarchal power,” he continued. “It’s not about the sanctity of life, it’s about control over women.”
Next to the main stage, a group of men holding religious signs against abortion were eventually driven to disperse by pro-choice protesters.
“Abolish Roe v Wade is racist,” Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez said. “It’s going to affect poor women of color because wealthy, well-connected women will have the resources to travel to another state and get an abortion,” he said.
Martinez also said the Republican Party, which leads efforts to ban abortion, refuses to endorse universal access to health care, day care, and maternity or paternity leave.
This issue was highlighted in several speeches and was reflected in the many posters held by protesters, with the idea that anti-abortion conservatives are “pro-fetuses” but refuse to help children and families after birth.
Actors Guild president Lisa Ann Walter has revealed that contracts will now include a clause that if a woman needs emergency reproductive care, for example in the case of an ectopic pregnancy, producers must take him to a state where such care is legal.
“We are sending a message to the world that we are not going to give up and we are not going to give control of our bodies to the Supreme Court,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who represents California’s 43rd District.
In the May 14 issue of the British scientific medical journal The Lancet, the editorial argues that illegal abortion will put the lives of many women at risk and bring to 120 million the number of unwanted pregnancies that occur each year in the world. world.
Joely Fisher, half-sister of actress Carrie Fisher, and Frances Fisher, mother of ‘Princess Leia’ from the ‘Star Wars’ saga, have also spoken out in support of women’s right to make their own decisions about of procreation.
“Just because the odds are against us doesn’t mean we won’t win,” Frances Fisher said, quoting Martin Luther King Jr. “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it tends to bend toward justice, and we’re going to bend it now.”
On a very warm Angelina Spring morning, protesters also heard words from Mayor Eric Garcetti, Congresswoman Karen Bass, attorney Gloria Allred, State Senator Sydney Kamlager and the CEO of Planned Parenthood Alexis McGill Johnson.
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