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Ireland UN experts: US states use corona crisis in the fight against abortion

10:43  28 may  2020
10:43  28 may  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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UN experts accuse eight US states of using the corona crisis as an excuse to prevent women from terminating their pregnancies. The group sees "a pattern of restrictions and regressions".

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According to UN human rights experts, several US states are using the corona crisis to deny women access to abortions. With emergency ordinances referring to the coronavirus pandemic, they have suspended interventions that are not medically necessary and thus restricted access to abortions, writes working group of the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination against women and girls. It names the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Iowa, Ohio, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee.

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"We regret that these countries, which have a long history of restrictive abortion practices, appear to be manipulating the crisis to severely limit women's rights to sexual and family self-determination," said Elizabeth Broderick, vice chair of the 2010 working group , With.

The situation is "the most recent example that illustrates a pattern of restrictions and regressions in access to legal abortions across the country," said Broderick.

"Necessary health care"

If women had to postpone the intervention during the pandemic, it would be too late for an abortion for many of them, according to the working group. "Access to abortion is part of the necessary healthcare and must be maintained during the Covid 19 crisis." Covid-19 is the disease that can be caused by the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.

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In Texas, an appeals court decided in mid-April that abortions in Texas should not be placed on the list of "non-urgent" medical treatments that are not carried out during the corona epidemic. The prohibition of the Texas authorities is not related to the current health crisis in the US , this connection was "advanced", the federal judges argued. Similar procedures are ongoing in other states.

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