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One Year After the Reversal of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Faces Compounding Human Rights Crises

June 23, 2023

On the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe vs. Wade, Tarah Demant, National Director of Programs at Amnesty International USA, said: 

“One year after the Supreme Court shamefully stripped millions of their rights, women, girls, and people who can become pregnant in the United States are facing an unprecedented human rights crisis.

A patchwork of devastating laws now blankets the country. 1 in 3 women and girls of reproductive age now live in states where abortion access is either totally or near-totally inaccessible. Massive healthcare deserts exist, forcing people to travel thousands of miles for abortion care, and a climate of fear is being purposefully sewn to restrict women, girls, and people who can get pregnant from finding legal abortion care.

Women, girls, and people who can get pregnant face a grim reality in states where they lack access to abortion: the states with the toughest abortion laws have the weakest maternal support, higher maternal death rates, and higher child poverty rates. And anti-rights groups continue to try to criminalize abortion through further bans, bounty systems to report abortion seekers, impeding access to medication abortion, and restricting information about abortion.

Yet despite these coordinated and vitriolic attacks on our rights, Americans continue to overwhelmingly support access to safe and legal abortion, multiple states have added new protections, and activists across states continue to advocate for their rights.

Abortion is a human right and basic healthcare, and activists across the country and around the world are more determined than ever to ensure that people across the USA will be able to access this right.”

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