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Clara Ferreira Marques

America’s Abortion Ruling Should Worry Us All

Roe v. Wade was a beacon for those fighting for the rights of women and minorities. Its end will now inspire those working against those basic freedoms.

Protesters remember those who died undergoing illegal abortions in Brazil.

Protesters remember those who died undergoing illegal abortions in Brazil.

Photographer: Daniel Ramalho/AFP/Getty Images

The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that recognized the constitutional right to abortion, was made by America’s highest court. The bleak consequences for basic liberties and democracy, however, will go far beyond its borders. 

From the start, Roe had unusually significant ripples. It came a time when the US and a large swathe of the world was moving toward greater freedoms for women and minorities, and further democratization. For rights activists it was a milestone — a symbol of what could be achieved.