After Roe leak, WHO’s Tedros says safe abortions ‘save lives’

WHO Director, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.

  • A leaked draft of the US Supreme Court opinion indicates that the Roe v Wade ruling that legalized abortion across the country could be overturned.
  • WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said restricting access to abortion leads women and girls to have unsafe abortions.
  • According to the WHO, 25 million unsafe abortions are performed worldwide each year, leading to the deaths of an estimated 39,000 women and girls each year.

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has warned that restricting access to abortion “leads women and girls to unsafe abortions”.

Tedros tweeted the comment on Wednesday, shortly after a leaked draft of the US Supreme Court opinion indicated that Roe v Wade, a landmark ruling that legalized abortion across the country, could soon be overturned.

Tedros did not specifically reference the leak or Roe v Wade in the tweet.

He wrote that “restricting access to abortion does not reduce the number of procedures.”

“Access to safe abortion saves lives,” he added.

A decision to overturn Roe v Wade, likely to be officially announced by the Supreme Court in June or July, could see much of the US ban abortions as abortion-related laws would revert to the states. .

At least 13 states have passed so-called trigger laws that would ban abortions in almost all cases if Roe v Wade were overturned. Those laws are designed to take effect immediately or shortly after such a decision.

Several other states have passed laws to ban abortions performed after the first few weeks of pregnancy, including after six weeks, a period when most women don’t know they’re pregnant.

While the Supreme Court upheld the authenticity of the leaked draft majority opinion, which was written by Conservative Justice Samuel Alito and supported by four other Conservative Justices on the nine-member bench, the ruling is still subject to change.

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The unprecedented leak came amid a period of judicial deliberation in which judges typically refine their rulings. In some cases, judges have changed their votes on issues before a final ruling.

In the leaked draft opinion, Alito called Roe v Wade “grossly wrong from the start,” arguing that the justices who made the 1973 Roe v Wade decision did not adequately establish that the right to abortion was protected by the US Constitution. USA

According to the WHO, around 25 million unsafe abortions are performed worldwide each year, leading to the deaths of an estimated 39,000 women and girls each year, and millions more hospitalized due to complications.

Most deaths occur in low-income countries, with Africa accounting for 60 percent and Asia 30 percent, the data show.

“Women should always have the right to choose when it comes to their bodies and their health,” Tedros wrote.


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