Boris Johnson has condemned the US Supreme Court’s decision to abolish abortion rights in the United States as a ‘major step backwards’.
The Supreme Court of the United States has suspended the constitutional protection of abortion that has existed for nearly 50 years by deciding to overturn Roe v Wade’s historic decision.
It is expected to lead to a ban on abortion in nearly half of the United States.
The Prime Minister told reporters at a press conference in Kigali, Rwanda, that the move was a ‘big step back’, adding: ‘I have always believed in the right of women to choose.’
British politicians from various quarters spoke out against the decision, including Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP, who said it would encourage the fight against abortion and the fight against women in other countries as well.
Labor party leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: ‘Today’s Supreme Court decision is a major obstacle to women’s rights in the United States.
‘The right of women to make their own decisions about their bodies is a fundamental human right.’ Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP said it would encourage anti-abortion forces for women in other countries as well.
More than 100 protesters have gathered outside the US embassy in London to protest the decision to abolish the constitutional right to abortion.
One attendee arrived wearing a dystopian novel costume and TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale, in which society is governed by a fundamental rule that treats women as property.
Boris Johnson has condemned the historic decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, Roe v Wade to nullify the right to abortion in nearly half the states in the United States as a ‘major step backwards’.
Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn called it ‘destructive’, and co-leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas, said it was a ‘truly barbaric decision, with sad news for women everywhere’.
Some UK groups have been quick to boycott the decision, with the UK’s Pregnancy Advisory Service, Britain’s largest abortion service provider, saying it was “shocked”.
Wen-Wen Lindroth, the British chairman of the Democrats Abroad, the official Democrat organization for American citizens living abroad, said it was ‘an important and sad day for the United States’.
Speaking at the protest, she said: ‘I am the same age as Roe v Wade and, you know, I think most women of my generation, we considered it normal to be a women’s rights struggle, you know. , it had come a long way – perhaps not all – but this was one of the fundamental decisions that, you know, undermined our sense of equality in the United States.
“So taking action is very important and will affect women, you know, of the older generations, of the younger generations certainly, and it is something we will need to address politically and find a way back.”
Chief executive Clare Murphy stated: ‘Prohibiting abortion does not eliminate the need for women to terminate a pregnancy. It just makes it harder and more dangerous.
“We urge the British Government to publicly condemn this violation of women’s human rights, and to make it clear in the international arena that depriving women of access to prompt and safe abortion services has no place in any so-called civilized society in the 21st century.
“For our politicians to watch the silence while women’s rights are being pushed back would be unforgivable. We call on the government to show leadership quickly.”
The charity Christian Action Research and Education welcomed the decision, saying ‘more compassionate societies respect and protect’ mothers and infants.
Chief executive Ross Hendry stated: “Prevention of abortion should go hand in hand with appropriate support for pregnant women, and families raising children. This is how real-life values are reflected.”
The Supreme Court of the United States has suspended the constitutional protection of abortion that has existed for nearly 50 years by deciding to overturn Roe v Wade’s historic decision. It is expected to lead to a ban on abortion in nearly half of the United States. Protesters pose for a photo outside the US Embassy in London
More than 100 protesters have gathered outside the US embassy in London to protest the decision to abolish the constitutional right to abortion (pictured)
Right To Life UK spokeswoman Catherine Robinson said the decision invalidates the ‘unjust law’ and is ‘the beginning of a legal battle over abortion, certainly not the end’.
Nimco Ali, the government’s independent adviser on tackling violence against women and girls, called the decision a ‘violation of women’s human rights, their lives and their families’.
She wrote on Twitter: ‘The British government and other G7s cannot remain silent as women’s human rights are being violated.’
The Women Equality Association tweeted: ‘Do not make mistakes. Women will die as a result of this decision, and tens of thousands more will be considered criminals or forced to continue their unplanned pregnancy.
‘It is barbaric, inhuman and degrading. Solidarity with our sisters. ‘
The Association for Abortion Rights campaign was calling for people to join them in protesting the decision outside the US embassy in Vauxhall, south London, on Friday evening.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan posted on Twitter: ‘London stands with American women whose basic rights and freedoms are threatened by this decision. A dark day for a great country. ‘
Judith Orr, vice-chair of the Aboriginal Rights campaign, which claims to be organizing the protest, said protesters were “full of anger and resentment” about the decision and warned the results would be ‘bad’.
He said: “You cannot exaggerate the impact it will have, women will die, rural women, women who cannot access online services, African women, women of color, the poor, working class women, these are the people who will suffer the most from this. . ‘
He added: ‘We stand by you. We will fight until you get your rights again and we are filled with emotion this evening for those women.
‘I find it difficult to realize, in the 21st century, that they are doing this, that they are pushing people to risk their lives to control their own fertility. It is very sad and sad tonight. ‘
Crowds lined up to listen to speakers condemning the US Supreme Court decision while holding placards, many reading ‘our bodies, our choice’.
Speaking at the rally, Wen-Wen Lindroth, the British chairman of the Democrats Abroad, the official Democrat organization for American citizens living abroad, described it as “a great and sad day for the United States”. holding a poster. against the decision)
Some UK groups have been quick to boycott the decision, with the UK’s Pregnancy Advisory Service, Britain’s largest abortion service provider, saying it was “shocked”. Protesters are being photographed outside the US Embassy in London on Friday
Esme Trevelyan, 25, said as she marched outside the US Embassy in Nine Elms, London: ‘Obviously we are in London, there is not much we can do but being here outside the US embassy is just a message of solidarity, I think, towards American women. …
“Because, although it does not seem to be a problem here, America is the most powerful country in the world, one of the richest countries in the world, if it could happen there, of course it could happen anywhere.”
Freya Shaw, 20, said: “I think we were here to prove to them that they have a voice and that we have a voice and that we hear them and that we are here to help and support them and get their voices heard. ‘
Jessica Cappi, 25, said: ‘At 4:15 last night we all got notifications on our phones and thought’ this is the end of the thing ‘and we wanted to come out and fight and make our voices heard I just feel it. anger at women everywhere that we can go back.
Billie Eilish said it was a ‘dark day’ for women in the United States to perform in Glastonbury, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade – a landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion across the country. Pictured are protesters at the US Embassy in London on Friday
“I saw statistics today that the United States was one of four countries that are actually lagging behind in abortion rights. So I jumped on the train and 45 minutes later, I’m here.”
Billie Eilish said it was a ‘dark day’ for women in the United States to perform in Glastonbury, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade – a landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion across the country.
Introducing his song called Your Power he said the song is about the concept of power.
He said: “The song we are about to perform is I think one of the most popular songs we have written and it is about the concept of power and how we need to always remember how not to misuse it.
‘And today is a really dark day for women in the United States. I’m just going to say that if I can’t bear to think about it again in this moment.