Wednesday, September 22, 2021

UN Human Rights Experts Issue Strong Statement Condemning Texas SB 8 Abortion Ban

On September 14, 2021, the Working Group on discrimination against women and girls: Melissa Upreti (Chair), Dorothy Estrada Tanck (Vice-Chair), Elizabeth Broderick, Ivana Radačić, and Meskerem Geset Techane; Tlaleng Mofokeng, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; and Reem Alsalem, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences; Elina Steinerte (Chair-Rapporteur), Miriam Estrada-Castillo (Vice-chairperson), Leigh Toomey, Mumba Malila, Priya Gopalan, Working Group on arbitrary detention, issued a statement denouncing the Texas SB 8 Abortion Ban.

"This law is alarming. It bans abortion before many women even know they are pregnant" the experts said.

"The law will have a particularly devastating impact on women from marginalised communities. Women with low incomes, women living in rural areas, and women from racial and ethnic minorities as well as immigrant women will be disproportionately affected by this ban," the experts said, adding that this law is simply a blatant attack against women in situations of poverty as those with the means will be able to terminate their pregnancy in another state.

"We deeply regret that, on 1 September, the Supreme Court denied the emergency request filed by several organisations and failed in stopping this extremely retrogressive law from taking effect." the experts said. 

Read the full statement here

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