ATHENS – The United States’ Supreme Court’s shocking reversal of abortion rights in overturning the 49-year-old Roe v. Wade decision has set off alarm even in Greece, where political leaders denounced it.
Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he was “really troubled” by the 5-4 ruling that was swung by appointees of former President Donald Trump although they had said in their vetting hearings they wouldn’t do it.
Mitsotakis said it was “a major step back in the fight for women’s rights,” the decision letting states dictate the rules about abortions although even dozens of prosecutors said they would refuse to bring cases in protest.
The major opposition SYRIZA leader and former premier Alexis Tsipras and Member of the European Parliament Nikos Androulakis, who heads the Movement for Change PASOK-KINAL also joined in the denunciation.
The “Supreme Court decision on abortion sends(a) dangerous message affecting the international community. Rights that should be self-evident are challenged. Our duty is to stand against those bringing us back to the dark ages. The right of every woman over her own body is non-negotiable,” said Tsipras.
Androulakis noted, “The reversal of the historic #RoeVsWade ruling by the US Supreme Court, which effectively criminalizes access to abortion, is a head-on assault on women’s rights and another dramatic reminder that, at a time when conservatism is striking back, nothing can be considered as a given.”
“As reality has also shown in Poland, the legal ban on abortions is not only a blatant violation of human rights but will have tragic consequences by increasing the risks to women’s lives,” he added.