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‘Massive setback’ if US abortion rights overturned: UN rights chief

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  Annul Roe v Wade the 1973 ruling that guaranteed nationwide access to abortion in the United States would run counter to international human rights standards the UN human rights chief said on Wednesday The possible decisions that are made at the national level in the US to reverse more than five decades of protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights through Roe v Wade are very worrying said Michelle Bachelet in an economic forum organized by the Bloomberg news agency in Panama Town It could be a massive setback for women s rights contrary to international human rights standards she said via videoconference A leaked draft opinion showed that the US Supreme Court s conservative majority was seriously considering overturning the landmark ruling sparking outrage and protests across the United States Polls show that most Americans support some form of abortion access But in recent months Republican controlled states have moved to restrict abortion rights with some seeking an outright ban on the procedure with no exceptions and repealing Roe would give them greater freedom to enact their policies Bachelet said that repealing Roe could affect millions of women especially those with low incomes and belonging to racial and ethnic minorities Evidence shows that highly restrictive laws have a disproportionate impact on marginalized groups of women particularly women living in poverty she said Globally unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal death and evidence has shown that restrictive abortion laws do not reduce abortion but hide it making it more likely to be unsafe Bachelet also urged US states to ensure that women have options What states cannot do is impose a certain perspective he said Instead they must ensure that all women according to their own beliefs religion or decisions about their own autonomy about their bodies can have access to all the different options
‘Massive setback’ if US abortion rights overturned: UN rights chief

1 Annul Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that guaranteed nationwide access to abortion in the United States would run counter to international human rights standards, the UN human rights chief said on Wednesday.

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2 “The possible decisions that are made at the national level in the US to reverse more than five decades of protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights through Roe v. Wade are very worrying”, said Michelle Bachelet in an economic forum organized by the Bloomberg news agency in Panama. Town.

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3 “It could be a massive setback for women’s rights, contrary to… international human rights standards,” she said via videoconference.

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4 A leaked draft opinion showed that the US Supreme Court’s conservative majority was seriously considering overturning the landmark ruling, sparking outrage and protests across the United States.

5 Polls show that most Americans support some form of abortion access.

6 But in recent months, Republican-controlled states have moved to restrict abortion rights, with some seeking an outright ban on the procedure with no exceptions, and repealing Roe would give them greater freedom to enact their policies.

7 Bachelet said that repealing Roe could affect millions of women, “especially those with low incomes and belonging to racial and ethnic minorities.”

8 “Evidence shows that highly restrictive laws have a disproportionate impact on marginalized groups of women, particularly women living in poverty,” she said.

9 “Globally, unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal death and evidence has shown that restrictive abortion laws do not reduce…abortion but hide it, making it more likely to be unsafe.”

10 Bachelet also urged US states to ensure that women have options.

11 “What states cannot do is impose a certain perspective,” he said.

12 Instead, they must “ensure that all women according to their own beliefs, religion or decisions about their own autonomy, about their bodies… can have access to all the different options”.

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