World leaders decry the Supreme Court's 'horrific' decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, saying 'abortion is a fundamental right'

People protesting outside of the Supreme Court
People protest in response to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling in front of the US Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC.Brandon Bell/Getty Images
  • World leaders are denouncing the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

  • "Abortion is a fundamental right for all women. It must be protected," Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet.

  • Boris Johnson said the decision was "a big step backwards" for the US.

Leaders across the globe on Friday ripped into the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, denouncing the move as an egregious assault on basic liberties. The decision upends nearly half a century of legalized abortion across the US, opening the door for states to establish their own laws regarding abortion.

"Abortion is a fundamental right for all women. It must be protected. I wish to express my solidarity with the women whose liberties are being undermined by the Supreme Court of the United States," French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the Supreme Court's decision as "horrific."

"My heart goes out to the millions of American women who are now set to lose their legal right to an abortion. I can't imagine the fear and anger you are feeling right now," Trudeau said via Twitter, adding, "No government, politician, or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body. I want women in Canada to know that we will always stand up for your right to choose."


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson criticized the decision as "a big step backwards."

Johnson said he's "always believed in a woman's right to choose."

Writing in a statement on Instagram, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the Supreme Court ruling is a "loss for women everywhere," and said that whilst "people are absolutely entitled to have deeply held convictions on this issue," "those personal beliefs should never rob another from making their own decisions."

Scotland's First Minister Nichola Sturgeon said that June 24 was "one of the darkest days for women's rights in my lifetime."

Roughly half of the states in the US are expected to impose restrictions on abortion in response to the decision. Thirteen states have so-called "trigger laws" on the books to ban abortion in all or almost all cases, designed to immediately take effect once Roe was overturned.

President Joe Biden in remarks at the White House said Friday marked a "sad day" for the US, and called for Congress to "restore the protections of Roe v. Wade as federal law."

Biden suggested that the move harmed the country's reputation on the global stage. "With decision, the conservative majority of the Supreme Court shows how extreme it is how far removed they are from a majority of this country. It made the United States an outlier among developed nations in the world. This decision must not be the final word," the president said.

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