Possible waiver of the right to abortion | Trump supporters are galvanized in Pennsylvania

(Greensburg) ‘Life is precious’: Donald Trump supporters in Pennsylvania are excited by the prospect of the Supreme Court overturning abortion rights, promising a landslide political victory for the Republican.

Posted at 12:09 PM

Camille CAMDESSUS
Media agency France

In the crowd that gathered in the torrential rains in Greensburg for a rally of the former president, who is increasingly openly flirting with the possibility of relaunching himself in the race for the White House, the topic is ubiquitous.

“I am a Christian and I notice that our world is not going in the right direction,” assures AFP Nicole Rye, 45 years old.


Photo CAMILLE CAMDESSUS, Agence France-Presse

Nicole Rye

For several years now, this Florida woman has been crossing America with her husband to the rhythm of Donald Trump demonstrations. The couple runs a traveling store selling “Trump 2024” items and bird-filled stickers aimed at Joe Biden.

“God offers us children as blessings,” says the woman in the red sweatshirt, deeply grateful that Donald Trump has anchored the Supreme Court in conservatism, which decides big social issues.

“I have a past”, she confides to me with tears in her eyes. “There we are, the women, who’ve been there, the women who know,” she says, sobbing, suggesting she’s had the option of having an abortion herself in the past.

And to catch up. “But life is life, and I firmly believe in that. †

“So I’m telling you, it’s not an option. †

“Einstein”

“Who tells you that by aborting a baby we didn’t just end the days of the next Einstein, or of a doctor who could cure cancer?” adds Leroy Kinnan who accompanies his daughter to his first meeting with Donald Trump.


Photo HANNAH BEIER, REUTERS

A Donald Trump supporter shelters from the torrential rain as he waits for the ex-president’s speech.

The 47-year-old, who lives in the region, believes that abortion is now “used as a contraceptive” and wants it banned, except in cases of rape or incest.

If the Supreme Court were to quash the case law that has founded the right to abortion in the United States since 1973, as the unveiling of a draft ruling this week suggested, any state would be free to ban or allow abortion. About 20 conservative states have already pledged to make it illegal.

In an increasingly divided America, this right is as fervently defended by the Democrats as it is attacked by the Republicans.

But perhaps Donald Trump wasn’t too quick to declare victory, but he was content with the topic at his rally, bragging to 10,000 supporters that, under his presidency, he had tipped the balance of the Supreme Court. “They are making a very important decision right now,” he said simply.

The Republican billionaire is in Pennsylvania to support the candidacy of several Republicans in the midterm elections scheduled for November, which should center on abortion.

Another fight

House candidate Jason Killmeyer wanders the muddy aisles of the fairgrounds where the rally is taking place.

“800,000 dead babies a year is too many,” he says, citing the annual number of abortions in the United States according to several research institutes, and he takes a common argument from anti-abortion activists, who believe that fetuses are already humans.

With a strong desire to fight “cultural wars” against the left, he promises, if elected, to include the ban on abortion in federal law.

This is what John Roan, 52, who has adopted six children with his wife, now aged between 8 and 27, would also like.

“We think life is precious,” says the man in the khaki cap. Besides Donald Trump, he assures us, “there is still fighting to be done”.

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