Tell the government to condemn this assault on women's rights in America

Dear Rt Hon Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

We, the undersigned, ask that you publicly condemn the draft opinion from the Supreme Court to remove women’s constitutional right to abortion in the US. This is a breach of human rights on the most personal level, and the UK Government must voice their unequivocal support for women across the US.

If Roe v Wade were overturned, women in a string of US states would lose access to abortion altogether or face even greater restrictions than they do already. Banning abortion does not remove women’s need to end a pregnancy. It simply makes it more difficult and more dangerous for women. It forces women to either make long journeys to access the care they need, or take matters into their own hands. Those that suffer the most are those who can least afford it. While abortion pills in the post may represent a lifeline for women in these circumstances, many women will still need in-clinic care. Removing these women’s access to swift, safe abortion services is utterly contemptible and has absolutely no place in a society that calls itself civilised in the 21st Century.

We are also concerned about the message this sends to the world at a time when women in many countries are still struggling to achieve abortion rights. It further underlines the need for the UK to be a beacon for women’s reproductive choice and we call on the UK Government to clearly condemn what is nothing short of an assault on women, their families and their lives.

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