Protest outside the Supreme Court, Washington, June 24, 2022 U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade's abortion right decision
President Joe Biden called the Supreme Court decision a «tragic mistake»
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the right to abortion in a ruling that wiped out almost half a century of constitutional protection on one of the most contentious issues in American history, the right to abortion. This could lead to a virtual ban on abortion in the conservative states of the South and Midwest.
The now conservative-dominated court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. abortion, stating that it is now up to individual states to allow or restrict this procedure.
“The Constitution does not provide the right to abortion,” the court said in the decision. “The right to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.”
Opponents of Friday's verdict fear that it could lead to an increase in clandestine abortions and, as a result, related deaths from severe consequences for women's health, as well as an increase in the number of infanticides and abandonment of newborns.
< p>The Supreme Court decision is likely to lead to a raft of new laws in about half of the 50 US states that will severely restrict or outright ban abortion, forcing women to travel to other states that still allow abortion.
Joe Biden: Supreme Court ruling 'tragic mistake'
President Joe Biden delivered an address from the White House on Friday condemning the Supreme Court's decision court that overturned the decision on the right to abortion, calling it a “tragic mistake.”
The President stressed that as a result of today's decision, the health and lives of American women are in danger. “This is a sad day for the court and for the country,” Biden said at the White House.
President Joe Biden delivered an address from the White House on Friday condemning the Supreme Court's decision to overrule abortion rights , calling it a “tragic mistake.”
The President stressed that the health and lives of American women are at risk as a result of today's decision. “This is a sad day for the court and for the country,” Biden said at the White House.
Vice President Kamala Harris, one of the most prominent proponents of abortion rights in the Biden administration, is overseeing the issue, Reuters reported. On Thursday, Harris met with a panel of seven Democratic attorneys general to discuss how to respond to the pending ruling.
On Friday, Harris flew to Chicago to speak to the public about maternal health and meet with Hispanic community leaders. .
Attorney General Merrick Garland commented on today's Supreme Court ruling, stressing that the Justice Department will work “tirelessly” to protect the freedom to make decisions about childbearing.
“Today's decision does not deprive states of the ability to maintain legal abortion rights within their borders. The Constitution continues to limit the power of states to ban reproductive health services provided outside their borders,” Garland recalled.
Former Democratic President Barack Obama condemned the Supreme court, stating that “it turns a deeply personal decision … into a whim of politicians and ideologues, an attack on the fundamental freedoms of millions of Americans.”
Former President Donald Trump, a vocal opposition to abortion rights, called today's decision “following the Constitution and bringing back rights that should have been granted a long time ago.”
“This brings [the right to abortion] back to the states, to whom it has always belonged,” Trump said.
“Most Americans believe that the decision to have a child is one of the most sacred, and that such decisions should remain between patients and their doctors. Today's Supreme Court ruling will always be seen as an unworthy step backwards on women's rights and human rights,” Hillary Clinton said in a statement., who ran for president in the 2016 election.
Mike Pence, a former vice president in the Donald Trump administration and one of the most prominent opponents of abortion, welcomed the decision, saying that the right to abortion is “relegated to the dustbin of history.”
“The Supreme Court has corrected a historic mistake,” Pence said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the decision as “outrageous and heartbreaking.”
“Make no mistake, the rights of women and all Americans will be up for a vote this November,” Pelosi said, referring to the upcoming midterm congressional elections.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell < /strong>welcomed the “bold and correct” decision of the court, calling it “a historic victory for the Constitution and the most vulnerable sections of our society.”
Reaction of the world community
British Prime MinisterBoris Johnson called the decision of the US Supreme Court “a big step back.”
“I have always believed in the right of a woman to choose and adhere to this point of view, which is why such laws exist in the UK,” said Johnson .
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was even more blunt, saying that the judges had issued a “terrifying” decision in its consequences.
“The news coming out of the United States is horrific. My heart goes out to the millions of American women who will now lose their legal right to an abortion,” Trudeau tweeted. “No government, no politician or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body.”
French Foreign MinisterCatherine Colonnadescribed the decision court as a “blow to the fundamental rights” of a person.
“The US Supreme Court's removal of the right to abortion marks a serious blow to fundamental rights. France remains ready to defend them,” Colonna tweeted.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision is “a huge blow to women's human rights and gender equality,” said Michelle Bachelet , UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“Access to safe, legal and effective abortion is at the heart of international human rights and allows women and girls to make their own choices about their bodies and lives,” says in a statement by Bachelet.
WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus said in an interview with Reuters that he was “very disappointed” by the court's verdict, as “women's rights must be protected.”
The Vatican Academy of Lifereleased a statement upholding the Supreme Court's decision on abortion, stressing that it “challenges the entire world”, where in recent years there has been a reversal of the trend – abortion has been legalized in many Latin Catholic countries of the Americas, including Mexico.