World leaders react to US Supreme Court decision Roe v. to fall Wade

The international community speaks out after Friday’s landmark decision by the US Supreme Court tip over Roe v. Wade, mark a big change in abortion rights in the United States.

A protester holds a sign during a rally in support of global abortion rights in Paris, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the United States’ constitutional right to abortion on June 24, 2022.

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In dissenting opinion, the court’s three liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, wrote that the US “is becoming an international outlier after today.”

Below is a look at the reactions of some of the world’s highest leaders.

United Nations

The spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, reiterated the organization’s position on abortion on Friday: “That sexual and reproductive health and rights are the basis for a life of choice, self-determination and equality for the women and girls of the world.”

“It is also important to note that restricting access to abortion does not discourage people from seeking an abortion; it just makes them deadlier,” added Dujarric. “UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) tells us that about 45 percent of all abortions around the world are unsafe, making it a leading maternal cause [death].”

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, called the verdict a “major setback”.

“Access to safe, legal and effective abortion is firmly enshrined in international human rights law and lies at the core of the autonomy and capacity of women and girls to make their own decisions about their bodies and their lives, free from discrimination, violence and coercion. ‘ said Bachelett. “This decision deprives millions of women in the United States of that autonomy, particularly low-income women and members of racial and ethnic minorities, to the detriment of their fundamental rights.”

United Kingdom

“Listen, I’ll make it clear to everyone. This is not our court,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday, according to the Associated Press. “It’s a different jurisdiction. But it’s clearly having a massive impact on the thinking of people around the world. It is a very important decision.”

“I have to tell you, I think it’s a big step backwards,” he added. “I’ve always believed in a woman’s right to choose and I stand by that view and that’s why the UK has the laws it has and indeed if you look we’ve recently taken steps to ensure that those are.” Laws are enforced everywhere across Britain”


“One of the darkest days for women’s rights in my life,” said Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Friday. “Of course, women in the US will suffer the immediate consequences – but that will embolden anti-abortion and anti-women forces in other countries as well.” Solidarity doesn’t feel enough at the moment – but it is necessary.”


“The news from the United States is appalling. My heart goes out to the millions of American women who will now lose their legal right to abortion,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. “I can’t imagine the fear and anger you’re feeling right now.”

“No government, politician or man should tell a woman what she can and can’t do with her body,” he said continued. “I want women in Canada to know that we will always stand up for your right to choose.”


“We cannot take any rights for granted,” said Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said, in a tweet translated into English. “Social achievements are always in danger of falling behind, and defending them must be our everyday life. Women must be able to make free decisions about their lives.”


“The right to abortion may be either banned or strengthened in several US states now that the US Supreme Court overturned the historic 1972 ruling that American women certainly have that right,” said Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said, in a tweet translated into English. “This is a serious step backwards for women’s rights!”


“Abortion is a fundamental right for all women,” said French President Emmanuel Macron said, in a tweet translated into English. “She needs to be protected. I express my solidarity with the women whose freedoms are being challenged today by the Supreme Court of the United States of America.”

“Frightening: The revocation of the right to abortion by the US Supreme Court represents a serious setback for fundamental rights,” said French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna wrote Friday. “That [French] will continue to mobilize in their defense.”


“Very concerned about the impact of [the Supreme Court] Decision on #RoeVWade and the associated signal to the world,” said Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said. “The abortion ban never leads to fewer abortions, only to safer abortions. Belgium will continue to work with other countries to advance #SRHR everywhere.”

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