American media Politico This week, a draft was released from the US Supreme Court revealing that it may have been planning to overturn a ruling since 1973 that has given the country’s women the right to have an abortion until the 24th week of pregnancy.
If the landmark ruling, called Roe vs Wade, is overturned, it will be up to individual states to decide whether abortion should be banned or restricted.
We know more than 20 states are already ready to ban abortion once such a ruling is passed, says Hans Linde.
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He goes on to explain how news is going against the trend that has been seen globally for several decades.
Abortion resistance has declined in the world. We have seen how in recent years more than 50 countries have liberalized their abortion laws, says Hans Linde, adding:
Abolition could mean a massive injection of energy not only to resist abortion in the United States, but also globally.
Woman to Woman believes that the United States is seen as a role model worldwide with free abortion rights.
– If that happens, it will send a signal to conservative regimes around the world that they begin to restrict the right to abortion more or less, says Petra Tuttermann-Andorf, general secretary of the Women’s Organization for Women.
Could this affect the abortion policy in Sweden?
– There’s definitely a risk in that. Since the last election, the right to abortion has been an issue on the agenda in a way we wouldn’t have believed a few years ago.
It is expected to be decided before July
Nine justices are the highest court in the United States, which has a conservative leadership after former US President Donald Trump appointed three new judges. Among the nine judges are six men in their 50s, 60s and 70s.
The disclosure of the draft drew condemnation from groups and organizations that support the abortion law. They believe this puts women’s health at risk if they are forced to follow risky methods or travel thousands of miles to have an abortion.
However, judges’ opinions and sayings often change during the preparation process, so it is not yet possible to determine whether the draft reflects the final opinion of the court. The judges are expected to rule on the case before the end of their tenure at the end of June.
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