in Bordeaux, 400 people demonstrate to defend the right to abortion

Thirty demonstrations were organized this Saturday, July 2, to defend the right to abortion across France. In Bordeaux, about 400 people marched to the American consulate, a week after the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to annul the Roe vs. Wade judgment which recognized since 1973 the right to abortion at the federal level.

“Against abortion, get yourself a vasectomy”, “Our body belongs to us”, “Simone, it’s kidding!”, Can we read on signs. In Bordeaux, several hundred people, including many very young women , paraded this Saturday, July 2 at the call of the collective Abortion in Europe, women decide.In total, they were about 400 according to the police, a thousand according to the organizers, AFP learned on Sunday.

A rally that follows the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States. On June 24, she put an end to the Roe vs. Wade decision, which had guaranteed the right to abortion throughout the country since 1973. It is now up to each of the 50 states to decide on abortion. Half of them, according to the Guttmacher Institute, have already banned it or are considering doing so.

“Let’s unite so that the right to abortion is a universal right beyond all borders and to guarantee real international solidarity!”chants a spokeswoman for Planning Familial de la Gironde, before continuing, microphone in hand: “If we have to resist, we will resist! If we have to fight, we will fight!”

In the procession of demonstrators, many young girls. “It’s something I want to defend for myself and for other women”explains this 16-year-old Bordelaise. “It is a fundamental right and deserves to be respected everywhere in the world.” The teenager came with her mother: “It is a fundamental education to teach my daughters the right to freely dispose of their bodies, no matter what.”

A little further on, a septuagenarian carries a poster with the inscription “2 abortions, 2 children, 2 grandchildren… Fuck you!” She explains: “I had an abortion once illegally, once legally. I fought in 1979 to renew the Veil law… Today I am fighting for my granddaughter, my grandson and the right to choose whether we want a child or not!”

And men also feel concerned. “I am committed to respecting abortion law in France”explains this thirty-year-old. “Abortion has always existed since the dawn of time. Women who die under clandestine abortion, it’s not a myth, it exists!”

For this other protester from Bordeaux, the ban on abortion “only accentuates all discrimination and inequalities”. She worries that one day this could happen in France: “I think we are in a situation where society is regressing and our rights are regressing, I am not reassured.”

Since the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, initiatives to defend the right to abortion have continued to develop in France. More than 400 lawyers notably signed a column in the Journal du Dimanche. They call for the right to abortion to be included in the French Constitution.

Today, the question divides the French political class. The Together Group! and the Nupes intergroup have tabled a bill which aims to enshrine the right to abortion in the Constitution.