US President took a stand against legislation that goes into effect this Wednesday, 1st, prohibiting termination of pregnancy after six weeks, even in the case of rape
Through a statement, the president of the USA, Joe Biden, stated that the law “SB8”, which makes the abortion prohibited in Texas after six weeks of pregnancy, even in the case of rape or incest, “”blatantly violates the constitutional right” guaranteed by American women in the 1970s. “The law will significantly hamper women’s access to the health care they need , particularly in black communities and among low-income individuals,” says an excerpt from the Democrat’s position. The ban, which goes into effect on Wednesday, 1st, was signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott back in May and makes Texas one of the states with the greatest difficulty in interrupting a pregnancy, as it is estimated that more than 80% of the women who use the on-site procedure are pregnant for more than six weeks.
Abortion was first decriminalized by the United States Supreme Court in January 1973, after the “Roe v. Wade case,” which was filed in Texas when a lawyer who claimed to have been a victim of rape filed a lawsuit against a county prosecutor from Dallas who was against terminating her pregnancy. She won the case and set precedents for outages in other states. The maximum number of weeks to allow termination of pregnancy in the country varies by state, but occurs while the fetus is considered “non-viable”, usually around the fourth month of pregnancy. Despite Joe Biden’s comment, the US federal government cannot interfere in the state decision, which has autonomy to decide its own legislation. Civil rights organizations have sued the country’s Supreme Court, which can accept requests and pass judgment on the matter. In addition to prohibiting termination of pregnancy after the 6th week, the state law rewards up to US$10,000 (more than R$50,000) for anyone who reports health workers who have violated the law.