French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the decision of the Supreme Court (MA) United States of America (USA) which revokes the right to abortion. Macron said the decision was a challenge to women’s freedom.
Previously, the United States (US) Supreme Court took steps to overturn Roe v Wade’s 1973 decision that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to abortion and legalized it nationally. The decision gave a landmark victory to Republicans and religious conservatives who wanted to limit or ban abortion.
The Court, in a 6-3 decision backed by its conservative majority, upheld a Republican-backed Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks. The vote is 5-4 to cancel Roe.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote separately saying he would enforce Mississippi laws but took no additional steps to remove precedent altogether.
The judge argued Roe v Wade’s decision to allow abortions performed before the fetus can live outside the womb – between 24 and 28 weeks of gestation – was wrong because the US Constitution does not specify the right to abortion.
A version of the draft ruling written by conservative Judge Samuel Alito that indicated the court might overturn Roe leaked in May and sparked a political storm. Friday’s verdict written by Alito was largely in accordance with his leaked draft.
(eva / eva)