'Abortion is a fundamental right': Canada reacts to leaked Roe v. Wade decision

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WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES - MAY 3: Anti-abortion and abortion rights demonstrators during a protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Abortion rights suddenly emerged as an issue that could reshape the battle between Democrats and Republicans for control of Congress, following a report that conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court were poised to strike down the half-century-old Roe v. Wade precedent (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

When Politico obtained the leaked report that five Supreme Court justices are set to strike down the Roe v. Wade decision, uproar commenced with extensive concerns about abortion access if this ruling becomes final.

The 1973 ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S., meaning that states could regulate thee procedure but could not ban abortion.

According to a recent Yahoo News/YouGov survey, about 30 per cent of respondents adults said Roe v. Wade should be overturned, with 27 pre cent indicating that that it should be adapted so “individual states” are “able to outlaw” abortion.

"Evidence shows that restricting access to abortion does not reduce the number of abortions that occur," a statement from the World Health Organization (WHO) reads. "Restrictions are however more likely to drive women and girls towards unsafe procedures."

Several individuals, including Canadians, have taken to social to respond to this leaked information from the U.S.

"Like so many Canadian women, I was both shocked and deeply worried by the news from the United States last night about abortion rights," a statement from Canada's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland reads. "Speaking here today as a woman, as a mother, and as Canada's Deputy Prime Minister, it's important for me to begin by underlying out government's clear and determined commitment to protect a woman's right to choose."

Abortion is a fundamental right. Feminists fought for decades to secure it, and here in Canada we will not let it be undermined in any way.Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Deputy Prime Minister