Yesterday, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to overturn Roe v. Wade, reversing the 1973 ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. Almost half of U.S. states are expected to outlaw or severely restrict the right to abortion as a result, with bans coming into effect as recently as yesterday evening in a number of states.
While the striking down of the landmark piece of legislation was widely expected after a draft of the ruling leaked in early May, the news was met with horror, anger, and frustration from senior American politicians—as well as a number of international leaders who serve as key U.S. allies.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of the first to condemn the ruling. “The news coming out of the United States is horrific,” he said in a statement. “My heart goes out to the millions of American women who are now set to lose their legal right to an abortion. I can’t imagine the fear and anger you are feeling right now.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, meanwhile, took time out of a diplomatic trip to Rwanda to express his shock at the decision. “I’ve got to tell you, I think it’s a big step backwards,” he said. “I’ve always believed in a woman’s right to choose.” (Both Trudeau and Johnson ignored diplomatic protocol and spoke about the ruling before Biden himself had issued a statement.)
Elsewhere, France’s Emmanuel Macron, as well as leaders from countries including Spain, Belgium, and Sweden all spoke out against the decision, which makes the U.S. one of only four countries to remove protections for legal abortion in the past 25 years. Here, find the reactions from political voices within the U.S., as well as those from international leaders expressing their dismay at America’s position on abortion rights.