The US Is Falling Behind Other Democracies When It Comes to Abortion

Centering on the Human Rights of Pregnant People Is Key

May 23, 2022
Macarena Sáez, Executive Director, Women's Rights Division

People in the US are awaiting a Supreme Court opinion that may redefine abortion rights in the country. They do so with a legitimate fear that the court may overturn Roe v. Wade, dismantling the half-century framework that has allowed millions of women to access legal abortion care.

The concern is justified. The erosion of reproductive rights in the US has been happening for several years, with states creating obstacles for healthcare professionals and clinics providing abortion services, while also imposing burdens on those seeking abortions, which delays and impedes them from exercising their human right to access an abortion.