According to the World Health Organization (WHO), abortion is often necessary and is not a criminalizable medical act. Unfortunately, despite the global trend in recent years tending towards liberalization of abortion as a fundamental right of women in certain circumstances, it is still not guaranteed in all countries of the world in the same way. Moreover, the abortion debate is often characterized by unscientific opinions based on political and/or religious ideologies. Recently, a European episode has rekindled the debate on abortion: in Malta, a tourist was unable to have an abortion, with consequent risks, even serious ones, on her health. In addition, even in the United States a Supreme Court ruling created a considerable stir: the Roe v. Wade (1973) ruling that had legalized abortion at the federal level was revoked. After the ruling of the Supreme Court, each state of the USA can decide for itself whether and how to legalize abortion. These recent international developments are particularly worrying and make even more evident the need for abortion to be protected at an international level as an inalienable and fundamental human right, and therefore not to be limited.

The Importance of the International Community in Protecting the Right to Abortion: The Cases of Malta and of the US Supreme Court

Santurro, Alessandro;
2023-01-01

Abstract

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), abortion is often necessary and is not a criminalizable medical act. Unfortunately, despite the global trend in recent years tending towards liberalization of abortion as a fundamental right of women in certain circumstances, it is still not guaranteed in all countries of the world in the same way. Moreover, the abortion debate is often characterized by unscientific opinions based on political and/or religious ideologies. Recently, a European episode has rekindled the debate on abortion: in Malta, a tourist was unable to have an abortion, with consequent risks, even serious ones, on her health. In addition, even in the United States a Supreme Court ruling created a considerable stir: the Roe v. Wade (1973) ruling that had legalized abortion at the federal level was revoked. After the ruling of the Supreme Court, each state of the USA can decide for itself whether and how to legalize abortion. These recent international developments are particularly worrying and make even more evident the need for abortion to be protected at an international level as an inalienable and fundamental human right, and therefore not to be limited.
2023
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