‘Horrific’, ‘heartbroken’: Key reactions as US Supreme Court forbids abortion
SC turned 50 years old judgment denying women right to abortion
UN agencies warn of consequences of restrictions on reproductive rights
Washington: Public figures across countries reacted to the US Supreme Court ruling on Friday overturning Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision that established a constitutional right to abortion in the nation nearly 50 years ago.
Former US President Barack Obama called the decision as an attack on essential freedoms of millions of Americans.
“Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans” he tweeted.
Canadian President Justin Trudeau called the news about the decision as “horrific”.
“The news coming out of the United States is horrific. My heart goes out to the millions of American women who are now set to lose their legal right to an abortion. I can’t imagine the fear and anger you are feeling right now,” Trudeau wrote on Twitter.
“No government, politician, or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body. I want women in Canada to know that we will always stand up for your right to choose,” he added.
“Abortion is a fundamental right for all women,” French President Emmanuel Macron. It must be protected. I wish to express my solidarity with the women whose liberties are being undermined by the Supreme Court of the United States, he added.
Former first lady Michelle Obama
“I am heartbroken that we may now be destined to learn the painful lessons of a time before Roe was made law of the land — a time when women risked losing their lives getting illegal abortions.”
Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion provider in the United States
“We know you may be feeling a lot of things right now — hurt, anger, confusion. Whatever you feel is OK. We’re here with you — and we’ll never stop fighting for you.”
Amnesty International USA
“Abortion is a human right. For everyone. Everywhere. We will never stop fighting.”
Taylor Swift, American singer-songwriter
I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that. (UNI)
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