The historic end to abortion rights nationwide by the US Supreme Court on Friday drew unusual criticism from some of America’s closest allies and undermined the global trend for more liberal reproductive rights.
The decision came a day after the Supreme Court also lifted some minor restrictions on guns – an issue that has long rattled other Western nations as well as the US’s embrace of the death penalty.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – a conservative who worked closely with former President Donald Trump, whose judicial nomination paved the way for Friday’s decision – said the Supreme Court’s decision would have “widespread implications” around the world.
Johnson said of his visit to Rwanda, “I think it’s a big step backwards. I’ve always believed in a woman’s right to choose and I stick to that approach, and that’s why the UK has There are laws.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the cross-border decision as “terrible”.
“No government, politician or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body,” Trudeau wrote on Twitter.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed solidarity with the women whose freedoms are challenged today by the US Supreme Court, while Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said legal and safe abortion was a fundamental right.
“Depriving women of their individual rights is a reaction against decades of hard work,” Linde said.
Among some world leaders who may be pleased with the ruling are Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Trump’s ally and his own country’s evangelical Christians, who took to Twitter hours before the decision to condemn the abortion of an 11-year-old girl’s fetus. But was taken That was the result of rape.
US President Joe Biden himself condemned that the top court had “made the United States a different one among the world’s developed nations” as he vowed to continue efforts to keep legal abortion safe.
Biden made his remarks on the eve of flying to a summit in Germany on Friday to repeal a Nazi-era law that limits the information doctors and clinics can provide about abortion. Huh.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed in a statement Friday night that his agency is “fully committed” to helping provide access to reproductive health services around the world and among its employees.
Traditionally Catholic Ireland overturned an abortion ban in a 2018 referendum and Latin America, long a bastion against abortion, is moving to liberalize its laws.
Colombia legalized abortion up to 24 weeks into pregnancy in February, and Chile shortly thereafter said it would ensure the non-criminalization of abortion in its constitution.
Last year Mexico had its own landmark Supreme Court decision – declaring the abortion prohibition unconstitutional.
The United States was one of the first countries to grant abortion rights nationwide with the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which was overturned on Friday after years of mobilization by opponents.
The United States was also an outlier in its broad right to abortion during pregnancy, although advocates insist that some doctors perform late pregnancies except in exceptional circumstances.
Representative Mike Waltz, a Republican, said the United States is “one of only a handful of countries in the world that allows abortion on demand, compared to authoritarian regimes such as China and North Korea.”
“Even in most European countries there are some restrictions for abortion,” he said in a statement.
The Supreme Court’s decision, he said, “will save the lives of millions of innocent, unborn people.”
Attracting the anger of the Republican administration, many aid groups have advocated for legal abortion on the grounds that banning it would make the procedure less safe and put women’s lives at risk.
David Miliband, chairman of the International Rescue Committee and a former British foreign secretary, said the Supreme Court’s decision “is a dark day for reproductive rights and bodily autonomy not only within the United States but around the world.”
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