SCOTUS decision ending nationwide right to an abortion a ‘huge blow’ to human rights, says UN
The US Supreme Court’s ruling reversing 1973’s Roe v Wade decision will not stop women from seeking abortions, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday following the high court’s decision. It could put their lives in danger.
“The restriction of access does not make it less possible to have an abortion. It only makes it more fatal.,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters. “The foundation for a life that is free from discrimination, equality and choice for all women and girls around the globe are sexual and reproductive rights and health.,” he added.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet agreed, calling the court’s decision “Major setback” and “a huge blow to women’s human rights and gender equality.”
The Supreme Court’s decision to reverse the 50-year-old ruling protecting women’s right to abortion nationwide places the decision in the hands of the states instead. While some states prepared for the looming repeal by passing laws protecting abortion rights, others did the opposite, adopting “trigger laws” meant to formalize a ban or other restrictions on the procedure in case Roe was rolled back.
According to the UN Population Fund, 45% of abortions are unsafe. The UN Population Fund states, in addition to the fact that nearly half all pregnancies globally are not planned and over 60% result in an abortion.
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