'Abortion is a fundamental right': Canada reacts to leaked Roe v. Wade decision
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.
I joined activists on the steps of the Supreme Court yesterday to say we are not going back. We are in this fight all the way for abortion rights. pic.twitter.com/V4NnEakwYx
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 4, 2022
I am thinking today of all the women who had to fight so hard for things to be better when they were young, only to find themselves having to fight for the same things now that they are old, and how tired they must be, and how grateful I am to them for their energy then and now.
— @realSarahPolley (@realsarahpolley) May 4, 2022
It’s funny how the same people who are “pro-life” aren’t advocating for: housing for all, a living wage, paid sick days, increased social assistance rates, and making sure everyone has access to food. They just want to control women’s bodies. They are not “pro-life”. #RoeVWade
— Naheed Dosani (@NaheedD) May 4, 2022
A reminder that although abortion is decriminalized in Canada, ACCESS to abortion is still a HUGE problem across the country. Some provinces and territories have a handful (sometimes even ONE) providers. #Cdnpoli #Abortion Chart c/o @actioncanadashr https://t.co/LD2peOoMZi pic.twitter.com/cM7IPrmY5G
— Farrah Khan (@farrahsafiakhan) May 3, 2022
Reminder: If abortion is illegal or hard to access, women will still have abortions, but many women will die from them.
So can we stop calling people who want to ban abortion “pro-life”?
They are anti-abortion. Anti-women. Pro-death. Period.#RoeVWade
— Dr. Amit Arya (@AmitAryaMD) May 4, 2022
"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