Advocates say undoing Roe v. Wade goes against global abortion access trends : NPR


Demonstrators protest outdoors of the U.S. Supreme Court docket Tuesday, Might 3, 2022 in Washington.

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Demonstrators protest outdoors of the U.S. Supreme Court docket Tuesday, Might 3, 2022 in Washington.

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Worldwide rights teams warned the U.S. Supreme Court docket final 12 months that possibly overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade case that made abortions authorized in 1973 would put it behind the curve of different nations which were increasing entry to abortion care.

Human Rights Watch says there’s a world pattern towards increasing abortion entry.

Argentina legalized abortion in 2020, whereas Mexico decriminalized the process in 2021.

Statistics additionally present that in Ecuador, El Salvador, South Africa and Romania, the extra restrictive abortion laws is, the upper incidences of girls dying or contracting illnesses after giving delivery are, based on a September 2021 brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court docket.

The temporary was submitted by Human Rights Watch in partnership with Amnesty Worldwide and the World Justice Heart.

“According to this pattern, nations world wide right now acknowledge the well being and social dangers of limiting abortion and, by extension, the corresponding advantages to increasing abortion entry,” the teams wrote.

The organizations say that 60% of girls of reproductive age dwell in nations the place abortion is obtainable.

“Solely 26 nations, representing 5% of girls of reproductive age, ban or prohibit abortion altogether,” the temporary stated.

The temporary additionally argues that among the many 36 nations the United Nations classifies as “economically developed” — together with the U.S. — 34 of them make abortions accessible.

Moreover, the organizations say, the U.S. has signed a number of worldwide treaties, such because the Conference on the Elimination of All Types of Discrimination Towards Ladies; the Worldwide Covenant on Financial, Social and Cultural Rights; and the U.N.’s Worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Included in these treaties are the appropriate to non-discrimination; the appropriate to be free from torture and different merciless, inhumane, or degrading remedy or punishment; the appropriate to privateness; and the appropriate to life, the temporary says.

The human rights organizations argue that by limiting entry to abortions, ladies will hunt down unsafe and unsanitary procedures and be extra inclined to demise or illness, due to this fact jeopardizing their proper to life.

“International locations which have ratified a treaty are, due to this fact, ‘legally obligated to uphold the rules embodied in that treaty,'” the memo says.

Worldwide committees, such because the U.N. Human Rights Committee, implement treaties.

The U.N. has stated its Worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights “mustn’t introduce new obstacles” to abortion and “ought to take away present obstacles that deny efficient entry by ladies and women to protected and authorized abortion.”


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