This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
COMMUNISTS in the United States have called for a strike in response to the Supreme Court overturning the decades-old constitutional right of women to access abortion.
Laura Dewey, spokeswoman for the Michigan district of the Communist Party USA, said it was time to take to the streets and mobilise in defence of women’s rights.
“We must help build the biggest backlash against the far right, one far larger than the right-wing backlash against Obama’s election, one comparable to the women’s uprising after Trump’s election,” she said.
Ms Dewey said that this year’s congressional elections should be used as “a front line in the battle to stop the anti-abortion assault.
“We need to be in the streets in the coming months and at the polling booths in November,” she said.
Others have criticsed the Democrats for failing for codify the right to abortion in law, highlighting the party’s control of both houses of Congress and the presidency.
“Democrats, we call your bluff, voting blue is not enough,” protesters chanted at a demonstration in Houston on Saturday.
But Ms Dewey said that all means, including strike action, must be utilised to defend the right to abortion and oppose extremist Republican policies.
Anger has swept the country, with protests taking place outside the US Supreme Court and in many other locations.
The homes of the judges that voted to overturn the federal right to access abortion were also targeted over the weekend.
The addresses of the judges, including Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas, were posted on social media platforms including TikTok as outrage over the Friday’s ruling swept the country.
A number of comments included suggestions that those who voted to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision be targeted by pipe bombs.
US President Joe Biden has condemned the Supreme Court decision, but called for protesters to remain peaceful.
“I call on everyone, no matter how deeply they care about this decision, to keep all protests peaceful. Peaceful, peaceful, peaceful.
“No intimidation. Violence is never acceptable. Threats and intimidation are not speech. We must stand against violence in any form regardless of your rationale,” he said.
Friday’s announcement has already seen abortion clinics across the US shutting their doors, with others set to follow as right-wing protesters gathered outside demanding their closure.
Thirteen US states – Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming – have so-called trigger laws in place, leading to an immediate ban on abortion.
Millions of women will be affected by the decision , which was taken by just six conservative judges, to scrap the constitutional right to an abortion.
Polls show that a majority of US citizens oppose overturning Roe v Wade and handing the decision back to individual states. Only one in 10 support an outright ban on abortion.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.