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Thousands of people defend abortion rights at the Women's March for the 50th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade


Kamala Harris announces a presidential memorandum with measures to protect access to medicines to terminate a pregnancy.

Thousands of people march this Sunday to defend the right to abortion throughout the country to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the

Roe v.


of the Supreme Court, which enshrined this constitutional right until last June, when a new court ruling ended this health protection.

The organizers of the emblematic Women's March (March of Women, in English) explained that they will focus the protest at the state level instead of federal, since what the Supreme Court ruling did was give freedom to each territory to decide whether to legalize or prohibited abortion.

"We go where the fight is, at the state level," reads the website of the Women's March, which has baptized its annual feminist protest as "Bigger than Roe."

The main march will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, where the upcoming state Supreme Court election may determine the balance of power on the court and the future of abortion rights in the state.

In Wisconsin you cannot currently have an abortion due to the legal uncertainty faced by abortion clinics.

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An abortion rights protester, center, with anti-abortionists in front of the Supreme Court, Friday in Washington D.C. Alex Brandon / AP

Memorandum to protect the right to abortion

Coinciding with the half century of

Roe v.


, Vice President Kamala Harris announced Sunday in Tallahassee, Florida that President Joe Biden will sign a

presidential memorandum

to protect access to


abortion in

the whole country.

“The right of every woman in every state to make decisions about her own body is at stake,” Harris said. “Republicans in Congress are now calling for a ban on abortion at conception across the country.

How dare they?".

“The majority of Americans oppose these attacks,” Harris said, adding that voters in states including Kansas, California, Michigan, Montana, Kentucky and Vermont have reaffirmed abortion rights in ballot motions.

Absent the federal protections of Roe v.

Wade, this right now varies at the state level.

Last week, White House officials said that 60 anti-abortion bills have been submitted for statewide scrutiny this year, and that more than 26 million women now live in states that have banned abortion.

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"Our Administration is now charged with identifying barriers to access and recommending measures to ensure that physicians can legally prescribe [abortion drugs], that physicians can dispense, and that women can obtain safe and effective medication," she said. the vice president

In her speech, Harris also defended federal legislation to protect reproductive rights, which Democrats failed to pass last year when they controlled both houses of Congress.

The proposal is unlikely to win support from Republicans, who now hold a narrow majority in the House of Representatives.

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule change that expands the availability of mifepristone, the abortion pill, by allowing women to obtain a prescription through a virtual consultation with a doctor to receive pills by mail.

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The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel stated in a ruling requested by the Postal Service that the shipment of such pills does not violate an 1873 law.

The FDA's decision came after the Administration announced, following the termination of abortion rights, that the federal government would stop enforcing a long-standing requirement that women pick up abortion pills in person.

With information from AP and NBC News.

Source: telemundo

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