On Friday, the Spokesperson UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres commented on the US Supreme court overturning the Roe V. Wade rights.
Stephane Dujarric said: “Sexual and reproductive health and rights are the foundation of a life of choice, empowerment and equality for the world’s women and girls,” adding: “Restricting access to abortion does not prevent people from seeking abortion, it only makes it more deadly.”
In the same context, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said “a staggering 45% of all abortions around the world are unsafe, making this a leading cause of maternal death.”
Furthermore, UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet described the decision as “a major setback” and a “huge blow to women’s human rights and gender equality.”
“Nearly half of all pregnancies worldwide are unintended and more than 60% of those may end in abortion,” the UNFPA said.
A few hours ago, the US Supreme Court overturned its 50-year-old Roe V. Wade decision as millions of women will lose the right to abortion.
Various states across the nation will start imposing a ban on the procedure, and almost half of the states will introduce more restrictions.
Biden directed the Health and Human Services Department to provide the medications and required measures to protect the right to travel to another state for an abortion.
He said: “The health and life of women of our nation are now at risk,” adding: “Make no mistake. This decision is the culmination of a deliberate effort over decades to upset the balance of our law.”
In addition, Biden called the day a “sad day for the court and for the country” because it is the first time for the court to revoke a constitutional right for women.
“This fall Roe is on the ballot. Personal freedoms are on the ballot. The right to privacy, liberty, equality, they’re all on the ballot,” the US President highlighted.
On the other hand, former US President Donald Trump hailed the decision and take credit for it, saying: “I delivered everything as promised, including nominating and getting three highly respected and strong constitutionalists confirmed to the United States Supreme Court,” asserting: “It was my great honor to do so!”