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Europe must do better on abortion rights before throwing stones across the Atlantic

Sofia Barbarani


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People rally in support of abortion rights in Kansas City, Missouri, over the weekend. Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

People rally in support of abortion rights in Kansas City, Missouri, over the weekend. Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Abortion rights activists block an intersection near the United States Supreme Court to protest the court's ruling to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade abortion decision, in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Abortion rights activists block an intersection near the United States Supreme Court to protest the court's ruling to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade abortion decision, in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Protesters gather for a rally in support of abortion rights following the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, in Paris, France, July 2, 2022. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Protesters gather for a rally in support of abortion rights following the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, in Paris, France, July 2, 2022. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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People rally in support of abortion rights in Kansas City, Missouri, over the weekend. Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

European leaders have been vocal in their criticism of the decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that paved the way for constitutional protections for abortion in America.

From north to south, European countries denounced the decision to revoke what reproductive-rights organisations have called a constitutional right to abortion. Germany’s chancellor Olaf Scholz tweeted: “There is still a long way to go for gender justice. In Germany – and in many other parts of the world – women’s rights are threatened. We must defend them resolutely.”


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