By John Lee
(ECNS) – The case of a 10-year-old child who was raped in Ohio, who was six weeks pregnant but ineligible for an abortion in her own state and forced to travel to Indiana for the procedure, has shocked United States and the world. The ban on abortion does a secondary harm to the girl.
How can the human rights of American women be guaranteed when the writ overrides the birth preference of women?
The United States Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, ending federal abortion rights. It immediately took effect in Ohio, which states that women with a gestational age of six weeks are not allowed to have an abortion.
The 10-year-old girl’s case has highlighted the shocking impact of the US Supreme Court ruling on abortion, which says the victim must give birth against her will. It reveals the neglect of the US government in protecting the human rights of women and children.
The annulment of Roe v. Wade robs American women of freedom and choice, forcing American society to regress. US President Joe Biden also addressed the decision, saying it was a “tragic mistake” and that the court was “literally setting the country back 150 years”.
The judgment, which openly violates the spirit of the US Constitution, has undoubtedly weakened its authority and challenged the vital principle of “safeguarding human rights” stipulated by the Constitution.
The United States, which has long considered itself a “guardian of human rights”, has invaded women’s reproductive rights with such a ban on abortion, making it a mandatory requirement. CNN also criticized the move, saying the move bucks a global trend toward freer access. abortion and makes the United States an “outlier” in the West.
Michelle Bachelet Jeria, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also criticized the federal court decision. “Access to safe, legal and effective abortion is firmly anchored in international human rights law and is central to the autonomy of women and girls and their ability to make their own choices about their bodies. and their lives, free from discrimination, violence and coercion,” Jeria said in a press release.
“This decision disempowers millions of women in the United States, especially those with low incomes and those from racial and ethnic minorities, to the detriment of their basic rights,” she added.
Additionally, states dominated by the US Democratic Party and the Republican Party are divided on abortion bans, which can lead to interstate abortion. Conflicts and resulting disputes over human rights, ethics and governmental responsibilities will inevitably intensify the contradiction between the state and the federal government and further divide the country.
However, the ruling by the federal court, protected by the country’s separation of powers system, is struggling to be overturned once again. With American-style “democracy” in crisis, how can the human rights of American women be guaranteed?