Roe v. Wade Anniversary Calls for Redoubling of Support for Women’s Rights to Safe, Legal Abortion Worldwide
Each year, 47,000 women lose their lives to unsafe abortion because of policies restricting their basic human rights to reproductive health. Almost all of them live in developing countries.Today marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the iconic Supreme Court case that first made abortion legal in the United States.
On a day that should be reserved for celebrating progress on women’s rights, an alarming number of new policies and laws hostile to abortion rights dominate the national headlines.
Over the past year, we have witnessed increasing encroachments on the affirmed right to choose in many states around the country. Pathfinder is deeply concerned about the negative effects domestic policy battles could have on US foreign policy and safe abortion rights in the countries where we work.
More than four decades after Roe v. Wade, women everywhere continue to face a myriad of barriers to safe, legal abortion. Each year, 47,000 women lose their lives to unsafe abortion because of policies restricting their basic human rights to reproductive health. Almost all of them live in developing countries.
"Just as the United States prides itself on being a leader in human rights, Pathfinder International prides itself on being a leader in advancing sexual and reproductive health. The current rhetoric around women’s right to safe abortion here in the United States is appalling. Harmful policies in the US have a ripple effect on the countries in which Pathfinder works. It strengthens my conviction that now, more than ever, we must redouble our efforts in support of the right to safe, legal abortion everywhere," said Pathfinder International President Purnima Mane.
Pathfinder applauds the courageous efforts of advocates in the US and around the world, past and present, who have fought for women’s rights to access safe, legal abortion services. It is imperative that we strengthen our collective resolve to put an end to regressive polices that are harmful to women’s health, both domestically and worldwide.
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