Across Europe, people have been taking to the streets to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Crowds gathered in Amsterdam on 2 July in a protest organized by two groups, ‘Boss of your own belly’ and ‘Abortion is a right.’ Hundreds of women and men as well took to the streets at the US embassy in Brussels on the evening of the 30th to denounce the repeal and express their discontent, chanting “solidarity with women around the world” and “my body my choice,” while protest signs read “ban abortion = kill vulnerable women”; as others did in Dublin, Luxembourg, and London.
“Banning abortion never leads to fewer abortions, only to more unsafe abortions,” tweeted Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.
Human rights activists believe the change is a step back and amounts to a severe attack on women’s health, autonomy, and rights. The women’s movements fear that the decision will have consequences outside the United States and set an example for anti-choice movements, and fuel misogyny and sexism.
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