Roe v Wade: How People Globally Are Protesting to Support Abortion Rights & Why It Matters

Activists are highlighting the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade as a crisis for women’s health.

By Tess Lowery
May 19, 2022

Abortion rights supporters around the world reacted with outrage to the leak on May 3 of a draft opinion of a Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling which safeguarded the right to abortion across the United States.

If the court were to end protections for abortion, at least 26 US states would be certain or very likely to outlaw abortion, experts say. But as many human rights advocates and activists have highlighted, outlawing abortion does not stop abortions from happening, it just makes them more dangerous for those seeking them.