Following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling’s constitutional safeguards for abortion, swift international condemnation ensued.
In light of Friday’s controversial verdict, almost half of the states in the United States are now prepared to outlaw abortions.
The ruling of the US court was a “significant setback” and a “big blow to women’s human rights and gender equality,” according to UN human rights leader Michelle Bachelet.
Restricting access to abortion, according to a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, does not deter individuals from seeking the treatment; instead, “it only makes it more harmful.”
“Sexual and reproductive health and rights are the foundation of a life of choice, empowerment, and equality for women and girls around the world,” Stephane Dujarric, the secretary-spokesman general’s told reporters on Friday.
Restricting access to abortion does not discourage people from seeking abortions; instead, it makes the procedure more lethal.
Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that he expected more from the United States regarding protecting women’s rights.
“I am quite unhappy because the rights of women must be preserved. I expected the United States to respect such rights,” he remarked.
The French and British leaders criticized the decision as threatening women’s rights.
“Abortion is a fundamental female right. It must be safeguarded, tweeted French President Emmanuel Macron.
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He stated, “I wish to show solidarity with the women whose liberties are being eroded by the United States Supreme Court.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated at a press conference, “I believe this is a significant step backward… I have always supported a woman’s freedom to choose, which is why the United Kingdom has its legislation.”
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau described the revelation as “horrific” and stated, “No government, politician, or male should dictate what a woman can and cannot do with her body. I want Canadian women to know that we will always defend their freedom to choose.”
Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stre referred to it as a “major setback for women’s rights,” while Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stated that “women must be able to make their own decisions about their lives.”
Other world leaders voiced alarm regarding the global repercussions of the US Supreme Court’s ruling.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon referred to it as “one of the saddest days for women’s rights in my lifetime” and stated that the immediate repercussions of the court’s judgment will “encourage anti-abortion and anti-women groups in other nations as well.”
Premier de Belgique Alexander De Croo expressed alarm over the “signal it sends to the globe.”
During his four-year presidency, Donald Trump appointed three conservative justices to the Supreme Court, solidifying the conservative majority.
The Trump administration also led a campaign at the United Nations against promoting women’s sexual and reproductive rights and health since it viewed such work as a cover for abortion.
Trump slashed money for UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN agency for sexual and reproductive health because it “supports or participates in the management of a coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization program.”
The United Nations stated that was a false perception. Joe Biden, Trump’s successor as president, has reinstated the funds.
According to the UNFPA, a whopping 45 percent of abortions worldwide are unsafe, making this the most significant cause of maternal mortality.
According to the UNFPA, nearly half of all pregnancies globally are unplanned, and more than 60 percent of those result in abortion.
The United States and 178 other countries supported a 1994 program that “acknowledged how lethal unsafe abortions are and urged all governments to offer post-abortion care to save lives, regardless of the legal status of abortion,” according to the organization.