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The White House warns of the possibility of a national veto on abortion


The US Senate is scheduled to vote this Wednesday on a motion to protect the right to abortion, although the measure is doomed to failure as Democrats do not have enough votes to approve it.

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The Government of the United States warned this Monday of the possibility of a national ban on abortion if the legal protection of this right is finally reversed, as the recent leak of a Supreme Court ruling seems to indicate.

“We believe there is a serious risk,” explained the White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, during his daily press conference, in response to a question about the statements of the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, who alluded to that possibility in an interview with USA Today.

The Government’s concern goes beyond possible restrictions on the right to terminate a pregnancy.

Psaki recalled that the governor of Mississippi, the conservative Tate Reeves, did not discard recently ban some types of contraceptives if finally the high court ends up revoking the famous ruling in the case “Roe v. Wade” of 1973, which for decades has protected the right to abortion at the federal level.

Mississippi it is one of the 13 republican states that have laws prepared to take effect in the event that the Supreme Court fails to protect the legal interruption of pregnancy. The state will veto all abortions unless there has been rape or the mother’s life is in danger.

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In another of these states, such as LouisianaRepublican lawmakers have proposed a law that would qualify abortion as “homicide,” allowing local authorities to legally prosecute women who terminate their pregnancies.

Although the presidential spokeswoman did not want to anticipate events, she alluded to the government’s response to the veto of abortion after six weeks of gestation in Texas, as a possible example of what the Administration of Joe Biden if finally the Supreme revokes “Roe against Wade”.

Psaki recalled that the Executive has created the “Dire Need Grant” awards (scholarships dedicated to expanding family planning services and access to contraceptives)” and added that the Department of Justice has committed to Protect women’s right to reproductive health.

The spokeswoman also indicated that, according to the latest polls, about a third of Americans are against repealing abortion protections, that would mainly affect the most humble women and those of color, since they are the ones who most require this procedure.

According to the newspaper The New York Times, several Republican senators are already discussing plans to ban abortion after a certain number of weeks of gestation, between 6 and 20.

In several European countries, such as Spain or France, unrestricted abortion is only legal during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and thereafter if the life of the mother is in danger, she is a minor or has been raped.

The US Senate is scheduled to vote this Wednesday on a motion to protect the right to abortion.

The measure is doomed to failure, since the Democrats do not have the 60 votes that would be needed to approve it, but the vote will force the Republican senators to position themselves for the mid-term elections, which will be held in November.

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