The future of abortion in the United States has given wings to ultra-Catholic lobbies such as HazteOir and its international brand CitizenGo. Shortly after the North American publication Politico reported that the US Supreme Court was inclined to strike down a ruling that guaranteed the right to voluntary abortion in all states in 1973, the organization, led by Ignacio Arzuaga, had already launched a campaign to set the agenda for the case.
A draft leak verified by the court shows that at least five of the nine judges support changing the decision. It should be borne in mind that after the appointments that occurred during the Republican Donald Trump Legislature, the profile of the members of the US court is conservative.
“This decision is at the heart of the cultural battle we are fighting. That’s why it’s so relevant,” says Luis Lozada, director of campaigns for CitizenGO in Latin America, in a text posted on his organization’s website.
Knowing that the released US court document was not yet final, the ultra-Catholic lobby decided to mobilize, given that they have a “great opportunity to overturn” the 1973 ruling known as “Roe v. Roe”. Wade – “and that the issue of abortion be discussed in state conventions.”
The reason was due to a Mississippi state law that aims to ban voluntary termination of pregnancy after fifteen weeks of pregnancy. So far, the 1973 ruling bans abortion until the fetus is viable, that is, when it can live outside the uterus, which usually happens around the 23rd or 24th week of pregnancy.
With an eye on Latin America
Aware of the implications this decision could have, Lozada qualifies the implications that ratification of the leaked draft could have as “big.” He calculated that “nine US states will automatically enact restrictive abortion legislation” and “between 20 and 25 US states will restrict abortion.” In addition, he argues that this sentence “will have a domino effect on the entire jurisprudence of the courts of Latin America.”
Despite the case of Rowe v. Wade, several conservative states have tried to block women’s right to voluntary abortions. In 2022, Florida, Arizona, and Kentucky passed laws banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The governor of Oklahoma, for his part, signed another law that explicitly bans abortions except when they are necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman, and does not provide exceptions in cases of rape or incest. Similar rules exist in Wyoming. Javier Biosca.
This project mobilized not only ultra-Catholic lobbies. Other organizations warn of the implications that the approval of the Politico-filtered text could have on women’s health and lives. “Women should always have the right to choose when it comes to their bodies and health. Access to safe abortion saves lives,” said World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Given the stance of “feminist groups” and “anti-fascists”, as well as the opposition of President Joe Biden, HazteOir’s ultra-Catholics are being asked to speed up the mobilization of their followers so as not to lose what they describe as a “historic opportunity” to abolish women’s rights. “Let’s not let the U.S. Supreme Court ruin our dream again,” the petition started by Losada said.
“Step by step, we will end abortion,” the HazteOir Twitter account says. The same network quoted a tweet from Vox MP Francisco José Contreras, who pointed out that “if abortion is banned in more than half of the US,” it could be “the end of the self-destructive Western cycle inaugurated in 1968.” approximately” (sic). The politician is familiar with Arsuaga’s lobby as he was part of the association prior to joining Congress.
Some studies, such as those conducted by the European Parliamentary Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Rights (EPF), have revealed in recent years the rise of movements against feminism, abortion, and the LGBT collective. As shown by this network parliamentarians from across the continent, funding to advance the agenda against these rights has quadrupled in a decade, with $22.2 million in 2009 and $96 million in 2018. Although the largest number of viruses came from Europe, they also found activity in the US and Russia. The study estimates the amount coming from a dozen non-governmental organizations and think tanks in the North American country at 81.3 million euros.
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