The Britons and Americans trying to reverse abortion rights in Africa

British academic Calum Miller attacked the legalisation of abortion in an Ethiopian medical journal and said it could have contributed to maternal deaths

By Michael Day, Chief Foreign Commentator
July 16, 2023

The US Supreme Court’s decision last year to sweep away a woman’s right to an abortion has set back civil liberties in America by several decades. But the culture wars that threaten Americans’ rights are also having a knock-on effect – and a potentially far deadlier one – thousands of miles away.

Sub-Saharan Africa already has the highest rate of unsafe abortions and unintended pregnancies in the world. Now health workers say right-wing Catholic groups in the US are using the Supreme Court ruling to redouble their efforts to deny women in some of the world’s poorest countries the right to safe terminations.


UK – ‘I don’t regret my two abortions’

'I don't regret my two abortions'

By Anna Adams and Pete Walker, BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme
2 July 2019

UK attitudes towards abortion are becoming more liberal, a poll suggests.

Sam says financial worries were a driving force in her choice to terminate her pregnancies.

And several women the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme have spoken to say the same.