United States and Canada: opponents of abortion remain mobilised

Publié le : 6 February 2013

 On Friday 25 January, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Washington against abortion during the annual "March for Life". Pope Benedict XVI gave his support to the demonstrators: "I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life."

40 tears after the legalisation of abortion in the United States, the demonstrators once again demanded the repeal of the Roe vs. Wade ruling by which the Supreme Court decriminalised abortion on 22 January 1973. Despite the reaffirmation of this "right" on Tuesday 22 January by President Barack Obama, it has to be said that it "still divides America" today. Jeanne Monahan, President of "March for Life", calling for the demonstration, said that “the American people reject the heritage of Roe vs. Wade and its 55 million victims.” She added: "abortion is the true violation of human rights at this time."
In this context, the Republican representative Cathrynn Brown submitted on Wednesday 23 January a bill to the State of New Mexico (south-west) which criminalises abortion after rape astamperingwith evidence." However, it has been “condemned by civil rights organisations” as “totally anticonstitutional,” so “the bill (…) has practically no chance of being adopted by the house of representatives of New Mexico, which has a Democratic majority.”
n parallel, 25 years ago, on 28 January 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a ruling “repealing the Canadian law criminalising abortion." Nevertheless, "the cause of defending the rights of the foetus still gets some backing." For example, the conservative MP Stephen Woodworth recently called for "the setting up of a parliamentary committee on the legal definition of the human being." 

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