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UN Says Reproductive Health Is Condition For Equality Amid Global Women’s Rights Pushback

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UN Says Reproductive Health Is Condition For Equality Amid Global Women’s Rights Pushback

A spokesperson stated Tuesday that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres believed reproductive rights and health were essential to achieve equal treatment worldwide.

The world agency had no official comment on the leak of a Supreme Court draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, which showed the court is preparing to strike down two rulings on abortion rights, including the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Farhan Haq, a deputy spokesperson for Guterres, said during a briefing.

“I don’t want to speculate what will happen at this point,” Haq told reporters. Despite the “global pushback on women’s rights,” Haq continued to support Guterres long-held belief that girls and women should be able to access essential medical services. The secretary-general believes that sexual and reproductive rights and health are essential for women’s and girls’ lives. “And without the full participation of 50% of its population, the world would be the biggest loser.”

For now, minority women in the U.S. appear to be the ones that will mostly be impacted if the Supreme Court goes ahead with overturning Roe, according to statistics reviewed by The Associated Press.

Demonstrators holding signs protest outside of the U.S. Courthouse in response to leaked draft of the Supreme Court's opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, in Los Angeles, on March 3, 2022.
Demonstrators holding signs protest outside of the U.S. Courthouse in response to leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, in Los Angeles, on March 3, 2022.

Ringo H.W. Chiu via Associated Press

“We’re showing up for abortion rights, saying bans off our bodies, and demanding that elected officials take action before the Court gets the chance to overturn abortion,” the Women’s March said in a statement.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.Mass. ) stated that she is angry but will fight for Roe.

“The Republicans have been working toward this day for decades,” she said. “They have been out there plotting, carefully cultivating these Supreme Court justices so they could have a majority on the bench who would accomplish something that the majority of Americans do not want.”

Oklahoma is one of 22 states where abortion could be made illegal as soon as the Supreme Court makes it possible.

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