A march took place in front of the White House on Saturday, in order to push the American president to explore “the full extent of executive power” to defend the right to abortion in the country.
“Get up, Joe Biden!” About a thousand people gathered outside the White House on Saturday to demand that the president defend more vigorously the right to abortion.
“Let him fix it!”
To cries of “My body, my choice!”, this overwhelmingly female demonstration made a short journey through the streets of the American capital, under a drizzle that turned into a downpour, to finish in front of the emblematic building in colonnades. Where Joe Bide wasn’t: He spends the weekend at his Delaware beach house, several hundred miles away.
This did not prevent Becca, 37, who preferred to give only her first name, from driving more than two hours to come and chant “Get up, Joe Biden”, while holding up a sign that calls for “abortion upon request and without excuse. What she expects from the 79-year-old Democrat? “Let him fix it!” she exclaims, “I don’t want the world my grandmother lived in.”
“The decree he issued was not enough”, she judges in reference to a text signed Friday by the american president, containing a few measures of limited scope on access to voluntary termination of pregnancy. Behind her, demonstrators hang green scarves from the railings of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, recalling the fight of Argentine women for the right to abortion.
Accused of passivity
“He really needs to explore the full extent of executive power to ensure that women keep their rights,” asks Christine, 50. “I’m here to make sure that my daughters don’t go back 50 years to the time of clandestine abortions,” said this mother of three young girls, shortly before the demonstrators left the scene calmly, immediately replaced by tourists who photograph the signs left there, and that the rain begins to wash away.
Since the very conservative Supreme Court brought down the right to abortion in force throughout the United States on June 24, the Democratic president is accused of not reacting vigorously enough. Joe Biden argues that his executive power is limited, and that the best way to restore the right to abortion, including in conservative states who have already abolished it, is to pass a federal law. For that, he maintains, voters must give the Democrats a solid majority in the November legislative elections.