Soul City Institute statement on why the Roe v. Wade overturned ruling could set a dangerous precedence.

The implications of overturning Roe v. Wade are grave as it could set a dangerous precedence when one of the most powerful countries in the world seeks to curtail the sexual and reproductive rights of women.

Considering the influence of the US in the global public health sphere and other socio-political issues, we should be worried that decades of advocacy and activism can be reversed when those in power do not see women as autonomous beings. The reversal of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court would mark the removal of a woman's right to decide what to do with her body, and, therefore, her human rights.

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act ensures legal protection of the right to abortion. However, much of the funding in the public sector still comes from the USA, and therefore, beyond the Global Gag Rule, this current regression will endanger its implementation further.

The African region has not recovered from decades of enforcement of the global gag rule. We know from experience and not so distant history what’s at stake. When abortions are made illegal and the laws are hostile, stigma and discrimination become entrenched. Making abortions illegal does not stop them. They only become more unsafe.  As the Soul City Institute, we stand firm in our support for autonomy and will continue advocating for the rights of girls, women, and all people who can get pregnant to choose their pregnancy outcome. My body, My Choice!

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Phinah Kodisang
Soul City institute CEO

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