President Joe Biden has criticized the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion rights, stating that the move violates the principle of equality and will make the country an “outlier” among developed nations.
The Supreme Court decision came as part of a case regarding a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Contrary to what Biden claims, many other developed nations have similar or even more restrictive abortion laws.
Twenty-seven nations, including France, Norway, and Denmark, limit elective abortion to 12 weeks. Eight European nations, including Finland and Britain, do not allow elective abortion except for some specific socioeconomic or medical reasons.
The study also notes that not a single European nation allows elective abortion during all nine months of pregnancy. This is in contradiction to American states like New York, California, Maryland, and Massachusetts where it is allowed.
Threat of ViolenceMeanwhile, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned that judges and state officials are at risk of political violence following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“We expect violence could occur for weeks following the release, particularly as [domestic violent extremists] may be mobilized to respond to changes in state laws and ballot measures on abortion stemming from the decision,” the memo said.
Several Twitter accounts have posted the home addresses of Supreme Court justices following the court decision. Last month, multiple protests were staged in front of Justices Amy Coney Barrett’s and Brett Kavanaugh’s homes. A Californian man was arrested for attempting to murder Kavanaugh earlier this month.