Supreme Court confirmed the veracity of a draft opinion that would overturn Roe and Wade Third, emphasize that the decision is not final.
An official Supreme Court opinion against Roe v. Wade in the United States will resonate around the world. It would certainly counter the global trend toward more liberal access to abortion and place the US in a very small group of countries that have moved to restrict access in recent years.
Several states have been cut off on the availability of the procedure; If the United States were allowed to end it altogether, the country would become home to some of the strictest abortion laws in the Western world.
Currently, the United States is one of 56 countries where abortion is legal on request by women, with no claim of justification, based on World Health Organization.
It is often applied to other Western countries, as some developed countries prohibit or greatly restrict access to abortion. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), public campaigns to improve access to abortion and legal oversight around the world.
But a federal end to abortion protection would make regions of the United States join that list. It would also reverse a global wave that has seen many countries, including those on the doorstep of the United States, liberalize abortion laws in recent years.
Last year, MexicoThe Supreme Court unanimously ruled that abortion is unconstitutional, in a decision that affects the precedent for the legal status of abortion nationwide.
The northern neighbor of the United States, Canada, is one of the few countries that allows abortion at any time during pregnancy. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has criticized moves in US states that make it harder to access abortion facilities.
Most of European Union Countries – including those in the G7 – allow abortions with a gestational age limit, most commonly 12 weeks, according to monitoring charities including the CRR. Exceptions after that period are usually allowed for certain reasons, such as if the pregnancy or delivery jeopardizes the mother’s health.
Japanalong with countries like Finland and Indiaprovides regulations on abortion in cases of rape or risk to a woman’s health, but also on broader socioeconomic grounds.
Among democracies comparable to the United States, AustraliaLaw’s were among the most similar. As in the US, access to abortion varies in each Australian state and territory – and until recently, some regions have criminalized the procedure.
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