US court decision to overrule Roe v Wade a ‘big step backwards’, says Boris Johnson

The US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Roe v Wade decision on abortion rights is “a major step backwards”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

Six conservative justices, who now make up the majority of the nine-member court, ended constitutional protections for abortion care in a landmark decision that could have far-reaching consequences for millions of Americans.

Speaking at a press conference in Rwanda shortly after the decision, Mr Johnson said the US decision would have “massive impacts on the thinking of people around the world”.

And he said, “I have to tell you, I think that’s a big step backwards. I’ve always believed in a woman’s right to choose and I hold to that view and that’s why the UK has the laws it has.

Referring to recent steps taken by the government in Westminster to ensure access to abortion for women in Northern Ireland, Mr Johnson said: ‘In fact, if you look, we have recently taken action to ensuring that these laws were enforced across the UK.”

Mr Johnson admitted he was breaking the normal practice of prime ministers to avoid commenting on the domestic affairs of friendly countries, saying: ‘It’s not our court, it’s another court, but it has clearly huge impacts on the thinking of people around the world.. This is a very important decision.

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