U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade
June 24, 2022
Cited live updates by The New York Times
HRRC continues to affirm the right to abortion is a human right. We follow the United Nations in recognizing the prevention of access to safe and legal abortions can constitute gender-based violence and other human rights violations. Today's overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is a significant step backwards for the health and welfare of United States citizens.
The U.S. Supreme Court has overruled the case of Roe v. Wade, which established the constitutional right to abortion for over 50 years. This decision was not unexpected provided earlier leaks of the plan to overrule the case. The judges voted 6-3 on the decision, with one of the majority votes, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., stating that he would have “a more measured course,” than the outright overrule.
While some of the States already have restrictive abortion laws in place, this Supreme Court decision allows states to outright ban abortions. However, many states are affirming the rights to abortion, and politicians globally are denouncing the ban of abortions. Britain's prime minister, Boris Johnson, said, “I think it’s a big step backward,”. Nancy Pelosi stated, “It’s just stunning, and again as a woman, as a mother, as a grandmother, to see young girls now have fewer rights than their moms or even their grandmothers, is something very sad for our country,”.