Roe v Wade- take action now
Dear Rt Hon Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
The revocation of women's right to abortion in the US is an assault on women, their families, and their lives. We, the undersigned, ask that the UK government publicly condemns this appalling breach of human rights and makes a clear commitment to supporting women's access to abortion care around the world.
There are 26 US states who are certain or likely to outlaw abortion in the wake of this ruling. It is estimated that 30 million women will lose their right to access abortion care. Those that will suffer the most are those who can least afford it. Many vulnerable and desperate women will be forced to take matters into their own hands, resorting to illegal - and potentially unsafe - methods.
The US ruling also sends a dangerous message to the world at a time when women in many countries are still struggling to achieve abortion rights.
We urge you, in your role as Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, to send a clear signal that the UK does not support the removal of a woman’s right to access abortion care, and commit to protecting UK funding for reproductive health and rights programmes globally.
Silence is complicity. We urge you to act NOW.