3.9k Share this

WHO chief did not directly reference leaked US Supreme Court draft opinion indicating Roe v Wade may soon be overturned.

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has warned that restricting access to abortions “drives women and girls towards unsafe ones”.

Tedros tweeted the comment on Wednesday, shortly after a leaked draft US Supreme Court opinion indicated that Roe v Wade, a landmark ruling that legalised abortion nationwide, could soon be overturned.

Tedros did not specifically reference the leak or Roe v Wade in the tweet.

He wrote that “restricting access to abortion does not reduce the number of procedures.”

“Access to safe abortion saves lives,” he added.

A decision to overturn Roe v Wade, which would likely officially be announced by the Supreme Court in June or July, could see large swathes of the US ban abortions as laws related to abortion would revert back to the states.

At least 13 states have passed so-called trigger laws that would ban abortions in almost all cases in the event Roe v Wade were to be overturned. Those laws are designed to go into effect either immediately or shortly after such a decision.

Several other states have passed laws to ban abortions conducted after the earliest weeks of pregnancy, including after six weeks, a period when most women do not know they are pregnant.

While the Supreme Court has confirmed the authenticity of the leaked draft majority opinion, which was authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito and supported by four other conservative justices on the nine-member bench, the ruling is still subject to change.

The unprecedented leak came amid a period of judicial deliberation that usually sees the justices refine their rulings. In some cases, justices have changed their votes on issues prior to a final ruling.

[embedded content]

In the leaked draft opinion Alito called Roe v Wade “egregiously wrong from the start”, and argued that the justices who made the 1973 Roe v Wade decision did not adequately establish that the right to an abortion was protected by the US Constitution.

According to the WHO, about 25 million unsafe abortions are conducted around the world annually, with some 39,000 women and girls dying as a result each year, and millions more hospitalised due to complications.

Most of the deaths happen in lower-income countries, with Africa accounting for a full 60 percent and Asia for 30 percent, the data shows.

“Women should always have the right to choose when it comes to their bodies and their health,” Tedros wrote.

Source: Al Jazeera

3.9k Share this
You May Also Like

Chinese Catholics Call for Release of Illegally Detained Bishop

ROME — May 21 marks the one-year anniversary of the illegal arrest…

Majority Have an Unfavorable View of Critical Race Theory

Most Americans have an unfavorable view of Critical Race Theory (CRT), a…

Man charged with murdering seven-year-old Nikki Allan in 1992

Man charged with murdering seven-year-old Nikki Allan in 1992: Suspect, 54, appears…

Attacker breaks in to Qatar’s Paris embassy and kills a security guard before being arrested

Attacker breaks in to Qatar’s Paris embassy and kills a security guard…

Countdown’s Susie Dent says the term ‘petrolhead’ is dying out

If petrolheads thought the main threat to their full-throttle existence was low-traffic neighbourhoods…

Transgender woman is blasted for revealing she is attempting to breastfeed wife’s newborn daughter 

A transgender woman is being blasted online after she revealed that she…

VIDEO – Dog Fights Mountain Lion That Attacked Owner: 'I Owe Her My Life'

A loyal dog was ready to lay down her own life to…

British geologist, 66, facing death penalty in Iraq faces another TWO WEEKS in holding cell

A retired British geologist facing the death penalty for attempting to smuggle…