US joins countries like Russia and N. Korea in rolling back abortion laws

While much has been made of the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade, many other countries have also rolled back their abortion laws in recent years.

The US Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decisionon Friday (local time) that recognised a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion and legalised it nationwide.

The court, in a 6-3 ruling powered by its conservative majority, upheld a Republican-backed Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

In the last three decades, at least 59 countries have expanded abortion access whereas only around 11 countries have restricted it, according to Foreign Policy. 

Joining the US in dialling back abortion rights over recent years are: Russia, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Belarus, Poland, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and North Korea, according to Foreign Policy. 

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