U.N. Secretary says restricting abortion rights makes it more deadly

U.N. Secretary says restricting abortion rights in the U.S makes it more deadly

After the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a 1973 ruling allowing abortion, a spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that restricting access to the operation does not prevent people from seeking it, “it simply makes it more lethal.”

According to spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, “sexual and reproductive health and rights are the cornerstone of a life of choice, empowerment, and equality for women and girls across the globe.” “Restricting access to abortion makes it more lethal; it does not stop people from seeking abortions.”

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the organization responsible for sexual and reproductive health, “a startling 45 percent of all abortions worldwide are unsafe, making this a primary cause of maternal mortality.”

U.N. human rights director Michelle Bachelet said in a statement that the U.S. court’s ruling was “a tremendous setback” and “a severe blow to women’s human rights and gender equality.”

According to the UNFPA, more than 60% of all pregnancies may result in abortion globally, or close to half of all pregnancies.

According to the report, the United States supported a 1994 initiative that “recognized how lethal unsafe abortions are and encouraged all countries to offer post-abortion care to save lives, irrespective of the legal status of abortion,” along with 178 other nations.

In a decision released on Friday, the conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the important Roe v. Wade decision of 1973’s constitutional safeguards for abortion. As a result, about half of the states in the U.S. are considering outlawing abortion.