Roe V Wade: What's really going on?
12th May 2022
Roe v Wade was a decision made in 1973 in which the US Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.
A newly leaked document indicates a majority of US Supreme Court Justices planned to support overturning the law that was made nearly half a century ago. The draft ruling would allow states to declare abortion illegal, causing a massive fundamental shift in women's rights.
"We need to stand in solidarity with American women and all women around the world who deserve the choice to make the decision around their own bodies and their own pregnancies as a cornerstone of a democratic health care system." - said Rebekah Hall, CEO of FEWE.
Why should abortion be legal?
- Banning abortions doesn't stop people from having them, and it forces those who want one to proceed in a way which may be dangerous and unsafe for the person carrying the child.
- Almost every death and injury from an unsafe abortion is preventable.
- Access to having an abortion is a human right, and everyone should be able to decide for themselves. Forcing someone to carry an unwanted child violates their human rights.
- People who don't identify as cisgender also need safe access to abortion services. We must make abortion services accessible and inclusive for everybody who needs it without discrimination.
- The wealthy will still be able to access abortions, meaning the poorest people will be affected the most.
- Legal abortion is safer than giving BIRTH!
There are still over 20 countries worldwide where abortion is completely prohibited. In most cases where abortion is legal, tcertain restrictions remain in place that only consider a person's physical health and not their mental health, and vice versa.
In October 2019, Northern Ireland became the last nation in the UK to decriminalize abortion. As a result, people may have the procedure on request up to12 weeks gestation in most cases, and 24 weeks if it's a threat to the mother's health. This means that people who are more than ten weeks pregnant still need to travel elsewhere in the UK for an abortion.
However, Northern Ireland has yet to have state-run abortion clinics, and charities run those that are currently in existence.
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