Here are some of my thoughts:
State enforced pregnancies are as evil and wrong as state enforced abortions.
When JFK was a candidate for the presidency, I remember his speech about how he would not be influenced by the Pope and the Catholic Church and that he was a Democratic candidate for the presidency who happens to be Catholic.
“The argument was, when push came to shove, a president who was Roman Catholic would ultimately be more loyal to the Vatican because the fate of his eternal soul was at stake,” says Casey. “If Kennedy was elected president, he’d criminalize birth control, he’d cut off foreign aid that helped countries invest in birth control, and he’d funnel tax money to Catholic parochial schools.”
Today's SCOTUS has six Catholics as justices. It appears that they're the ones now who are more loyal to the Vatican than to America. And it's not just the conservative Catholics, they are united with the far-right conservative Evangelicals.
A majority of Americans favor a woman' right to an abortion. The prohibition against abortion is for the most part a religious prohibition, but many religions permit it.
In Israel, a country that has a state religion, abortion is legal; and in some instances, paid for by the state. Abortion is also legal in predominantly Catholic countries: Ireland, France, Italy (where the Vatican City is located), Spain, and Portugal.
Abortion in Greece has been fully legalized since 1986, when law 1609/1986 was passed effective from 3 July 1986. Abortions can be performed on-demand in hospitals for women whose pregnancies have not exceeded 12 weeks.
Abortion is technically illegal in Germany, but an exception is made for abortions in the first trimester if the patient goes to a counseling session. The procedure is free.
In England, Scotland and Wales, you can legally have an abortion at up to 23 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy, in line with the Abortion Act 1967. If you live in Northern Ireland, or anywhere else where abortion care may be restricted, you can legally travel to receive treatment.
Europe's formerly Communist countries have liberal abortion laws. The only exception is Poland, where abortion is allowed only in cases of risk to the life or health of the woman or when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.
Abortion was legalised in the Nordic countries in the 1970s (Knudsen et al., 2003), as part of the general (Western) European trend in the direction of less restrictiveness since the 1960s (Levels, Sluiterb, & Need, 2014).
In Latin America and the Caribbean, women face multiple barriers to free exercise of their reproductive rights, including restrictive abortion legislation.2 In fact, many women struggle daily to gain even minimal autonomy over their intimate lives. Some are raped by their husbands or others, while many more are denied access to contraceptives and reproductive health services and refused the possibility to decide to terminate unwanted pregnancies with safe and legal abortions. Across the region, millions of abortions are performed every year, most of them under unsafe and clandestine conditions, and thousands of women die as a result.3 In many countries in the region, the consequences of illegal abortions constitute a leading cause of maternal mortality.
Latin America remains overwhelmingly Catholic. Catholics comprised more than 90% of Latin America's population, according to the World Religion Database and the Brazilian and Mexican censuses.
Abortion in Russia is legal as an elective procedure up to the 12th week of pregnancy, and in special circumstances at later stages.
In practice, access to abortion varies greatly between Muslim-majority countries. In countries like Turkey and Tunisia, abortions are unconditionally legal on request. On the other hand, in 18 out of 47 Muslim-majority countries, including Iraq, Egypt and Indonesia, abortion is only legally permitted if the life of the mother is threatened by the pregnancy while 10 countries provide it on request. No Muslim-majority country bans abortion in the case of the mother's life being at risk. Other reasons that are permitted by certain Muslim-majority countries include preserving a woman's physical or mental health, foetal impairment, cases of incest or rape, and social or economic reasons. There is great variation within Muslim-majority countries as to which are legally accepted reasons for abortion.
Because abortion is broadly legal in the region’s two most populous countries—China and India—the majority of women in Asia live under liberal abortion laws.
■ Abortion is not permitted for any reason in three Asian countries: Iraq, Laos and the Philippines.
Abortions are legal in Japan, with about 160,000 reported in the year up to March 2019, including 13,588 involving women under the age of 20, according to the health ministry. Abortion pills are illegal, however.
Our neighbors to our north and south:
Abortion in Canada is legal at all stages of pregnancy, regardless of the reason, and is publicly funded as a medical procedure under the combined effects of the federal Canada Health Act and provincial health-care systems.
Since 2021, Abortion in Mexico is no longer a crime, although its legalisation still varies by state. On 7 September 2021, the Mexican Supreme Court unanimously ruled that penalising abortion is unconstitutional, setting an important precedent across the whole country