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European Leaders and Media in Meltdown Over Roe v. Wade Decision

European Leaders and Media in Meltdown Over Roe v. Wade Decision

UK’s Guardian: “The short version of how Americans lost their right to terminate a pregnancy might be summed up in one name: Trump.”

European leaders and media outlets are in a meltdown over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade — with some fearing that the ruling could ’embolden’ pro-life movements across the continent.

Many of these European leaders, who until yesterday could not define what a woman is, are suddenly masquerading as true defenders of women’s rights.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson criticized the top U.S. court’s decision saying it was “a big step backwards.” The leader of the UK Conservative Party added that he “always believed in women’s right to choose.”

French President Emmanuel Macron portrayed the U.S. ruling as a breach of fundamental rights. “Abortion is a fundamental right for all women. It must be protected. I express my solidarity with the women whose freedoms are today challenged by the Supreme Court of the United States of America,” Macron declared.

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon called it “one of the darkest days for women’s rights in my lifetime.”

“Obviously the immediate consequences will be suffered by women in the U.S.—but this will embolden antiabortion & antiwomen forces in other countries, too.” the Irish leader feared.

The remarks made by these leaders echo the position recently taken by the European Union. Weeks ahead of the SCOTUS decision, the Brussels-based EU parliament passed a resolution telling the top U.S. court to uphold the 1972 abortion ruling.

EU lawmakers “adopted a non-binding resolution by 364 votes in favour, 154 against and 37 abstentions to remind the United States Supreme Court of the urgency in upholding the landmark case of Roe v. Wade,” Belgian newspaper The Brussels Times reported June 11.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau found the sharpest words to rebuke the SCOTUS ruling. Trudeau said the decision was “horrific” and that “no government, politician or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body.”

The European Media Meltdown

Newspaper front pages across Europe were splattered with the images of angry pro-abortion activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court, and carried one-sided editorials and commentaries rebuking the ruling.

British newspaper The Guardian pinned the entire blame on former U.S. President Donald Trump. “The short version of how Americans lost their right to terminate a pregnancy might be summed up in one name: Trump,” the left-wing daily decried.

“The real estate tycoon and reality-TV star first shocked the world by winning the US presidency, then rewarded his base by confirming three supreme court justices to a nine-member bench, thus rebalancing the court to lean conservative for a generation to come,” the newspaper lamented.

The Swiss tabloid Blick also came to the same conclusion, writing that “Trump played a decisive role in taking away the right of abortion from the Americans.”

The influential German weekly, Der Spiegel, reported the court’s decision with the headline: “The Triumph of Trump’s Judges.”

“The decision is a turning point,” the publication commented. “The country witnesses a shift to the right. (…) The political rift is getting bigger,” the magazine wrote.

“A Brutal Turning Point in the Modern U.S. History,” was the headline in the leading German newspaper Die Welt. “After Supreme Court’s overturning of a landmark ruling on abortion, many states are likely to ban abortion to a greater extent soon. The consequences will be swift and drastic for those affected,” the German daily opined.

The leading French newspaper, Le Monde, took comfort on the statement of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who promised to continue American tax-payer funding for abortion programs across the world.

“The State Department “will remain fully committed to helping provide access to reproductive health services and advancing reproductive rights around the world,”,” the secretary of state said in a statement,” the French newspaper noted.

A SCOTUS “dominated by Republican judges, gives states the right to ban abortion,” French daily Le Figaro reported.

Spain’s leading newspaper El Pais focused on the protests following the ruling. “The Movement in Defense of Abortion Rights Takes to U.S. Street After Supreme Court Ruling,” its headline said. “Thousands of people, from feminists to LGBTI activists, protest the overturning of Roe vs. Wade,” the newspaper wrote.

[Excerpts from the European news coverage translated by the author]

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EU lawmakers “adopted a non-“binding resolution… to remind the United States Supreme Court of the urgency in upholding the landmark case of Roe v. Wade,”

Oh no! A strongly worded letter! Whatever shall we do?

Oh yeah, we don’t have to do anything. Never mind.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to vinnymeyer. | June 26, 2022 at 12:10 am

    I do recall from history class, back when schools taught instead of indoctrinated, that we told the Brits to get the fuck out.

    We don’t care what anyone from Not So Great Britain have to say.

    Observer in reply to vinnymeyer. | June 26, 2022 at 9:38 am

    In France, abortion is only available up to 14 weeks. After that, abortion is only available if the mother’s life is at risk, or if the baby would be born with severe abnormalities.

    In the U.K., abortion is only available up to 24 weeks. After that, abortion is only available if the mother’s life is at risk, or if the baby would be born with severe abnormalities.

    The various EU countries’ legislatures made their decisions about how to regulate abortion. Now they want to deny us the same right here.

    Screw you, EU. Our laws are none of your damn business.

Morning Sunshine | June 25, 2022 at 12:29 pm

Trudeau said … that “no government, politician or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body.”

you lost ANY RIGHT TO SAY THIS STATEMENT in the winter of 2022. No right at all. So sit down and shut up.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to Morning Sunshine. | June 25, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    further more, M. Trudeau, no one is telling a woman what she can or cannot do with her body. If she wants to engage in baby-making behaviors, it is now up to her to PREVENT pregnancy BEFORE it happens. Not after. There is no excuse for an unwanted pregnancy in this day and age except for laziness; and rape (which is a small amount of pregnancies outside of the human trafficking industry, and which SHOULD have some legitimate exemption falling under “health of the mother”)
    The real reason everyone is upset at this is that it no longer absolves men of their “use ’em and lose ’em” attitudes in the world of sexual free-for-all. Now, maybe, women will be a little more discerning about whom they bed. And maybe men will be a little bit more careful about their own dalliances since if she can no longer get an abortion, he will be on the hook for child support payments for the next 18-26 years

      Men should not be given a free pass

      Condoms… EVERY FREAKING TIME

      EVERY

        CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | June 25, 2022 at 3:21 pm

        That’s not a realistic expectation of human behavior nor is there any practical way to put that into practice. Sexual activity is far more risky for women than for men and they bear a higher potential risk: pregnancy.

        Fortunately, scientific advances have armed women with many options to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. Besides the tried and true chastity there is the ‘morning after pill’. Any woman choosing to engage in sexual activity without the intent to create a child with that sexual partner can choose to use this ex post facto method.

          gonzotx in reply to CommoChief. | June 25, 2022 at 5:25 pm

          Too bad it’s inconvenient for men. It takes two to tango and they are 50% the DNA

          CommoChief in reply to CommoChief. | June 25, 2022 at 5:54 pm

          Gonzotx,

          I would think a nine month pregnancy would be more inconvenient by a considerable degree. That inconvenience and potential risk is borne by women exclusively. That may not be fair but it is accurate. Biology still exists.

          It most certainly takes two to tango. A man and a woman and as you imply they must equally share responsibility for the mutual decision to engage in sexual activity. They should then equally share a 50/50 mutual decision as to whether to continue to share responsibility for a child resulting from that activity.

          If you want to have true equality then men who don’t wish that responsibility should be able to waive parental rights and obligations. Just as a woman can with after the fact contraceptive options.

          #FJB <-- Disco Stu_ in reply to CommoChief. | June 26, 2022 at 6:34 am

          #SCIENCE!

          So many ways discovered to NOT to become pregnant.

        AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to gonzotx. | June 26, 2022 at 7:29 am

        There have been plenty of times that I met women who wanted to ride the wild pony without a saddle.

        Those rides were between her and I, not you. How we ride is our business, not yours.

        Not a single one of them cared whether I brought a saddle.

        I don’t know how many of those women decided to have an abortion after the fact, because I was not invited to the decision.

        You act as if men are the aggressors in all sexual activity. You have led a sheltered life, if that is the case.

        I came of age in a time of “free love” when women gave it away, enjoyed it, and didn’t attempt to destroy a man due to post coital regret.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Morning Sunshine. | June 26, 2022 at 12:14 am

    Anyone who says “no government, politician or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body.” needs to STFU.

    These are the same people who forced humans to inject a “vaccine” into their body to be able to go out in public, eat at a restaurant, keep or get a job, go to the store, and attend church.

    Trudeau is nothing more than a racist black face with no credibility.
    .

The gates of Hell must be overflowing! So many people of the world just love killing innocent and defenceless babies. Remember when vegans would say “God will get you for killing his animals and eating them? Considering God is the designer of the balance of nature, I doubt that would be regarded as something negative. However, the tiny humans who have yet to be born could very well be an entirely different subject! It’s not just murder either; abortions torture and burn with acid and it’s not a quick death. Think about that…..

All Seeing Eye | June 25, 2022 at 12:44 pm

As a Brit I voted for Brexit to escape the awful EU and their leftist politics. Really glad we got out before it was too late.

I’m not surprised by their pathetic virtue signaling but I’m sad to see Boris getting involved. None of his business.

    Dear Europe,

    STFU. This is our country.

    England and France: Always there when they need US.

      WISteve in reply to fscarn. | June 26, 2022 at 1:38 am

      Well said!
      Most of the Euro-weenies have limited knowledge about the circumstances and net result of overturning Roe V Wade and handing it back to the states and individuals. They will take every opportunity to lambast America and Trump…..until the next time they need to be defended from the East.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to All Seeing Eye. | June 26, 2022 at 12:18 am

    Doesn’t matter. It will be only a few decades before the MudSlime wipe out any vestiges of white people on those islands.

    Your fellow countrymen sold your country out to invaders for a few pieces of silver.

    We are going down that road here in the US. The big difference? We haven’t given up our weapons so the towel heads are afraid to cause too much trouble.

Precious little honesty in any of this. SCOTUS didn’t rule on abortion at all. It ruled on who gets to decide. If any of the screeching offended understand that, THAT is what has them really upset. That tyranny has suffered a defeat.

    BobM in reply to irv. | June 25, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    This.
    In addition I would note that the Texas law restricting on-demand abortion to X weeks – which if let stand would have avoided this case and this ruling existing – is one week longer than the F’ing FRENCH law currently limiting on-demand abortion to the first X-1 weeks. Macron is an idiot/hypocrit.

    Sincerely – the pro-unlimited- abortion crowd have only themselves to blame – they got greedy and got their hand slapped reaching for a cookie too far.

    jb4 in reply to irv. | June 25, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Finally, an accurate description of what SCOTUS did.

    “The short version of how Americans lost their right to terminate a pregnancy might be summed up in one name” – The Guardian, which completely mischaracterized it in their heading. The Democrats want it this way, to get a few more of the “stupid” votes in November.

And……..who cares what the rest of the world thinks?

    fscarn in reply to natdj. | June 25, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    We fought a war for independence (1775-1783); independence from the UK (the Big Brother of the day) and from the constant fighting of the Europeans.

    In several days we celebrate Independence Day.

    (Though Old Joe will be celebrating Depends Day.)

Western civilization is dying as nations cannot maintain birth rates to maintain their populations. The last thing we need is more abortion. What we need is a return to single income families.

    Wade Hampton in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 25, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    I don’t give a rat’s asss what European “leaders” think!

      Well, at least they are giving Trump the credit! I wish people here could do that! As to repeal of Roe v. Wade, why should they even care? It’s the US Supreme Court not the EU Supreme whatever they have over there. Their constitution requires a codex to apply it to the different countries. Combined it must be 10,000 pages long. What kind of a constitution is THAT? Does anyone know what it says? Maybe abortion is illegal in the EU too but no one has figured it out.

        CommoChief in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 25, 2022 at 7:17 pm

        Phil,

        I am more than happy to give DJT credit on this point. His campaign strategy to emphasize Judicial appointments coupled with a solid list of potential nominees was brilliant. Sticking to and delivering on that promise even more so. Promise made and promise kept!

        Let’s not minimize the foolishness of Harry Reid in eliminating the Judicial filibuster and, as much as it galls me, the actions of McConnell who refused Garland then pushed through Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett despite the fury and condemnation of the DC cocktail party crowd.

          BobM in reply to CommoChief. | June 25, 2022 at 7:56 pm

          Actually limits on on-demand abortions to the first X months of a pregnancy is the norm in many EU countries. And if a US pollster phrases the poll question that way a majority of US voters favor that as well. No on-demand abortion and unlimited on-demand abortion are both fringe opinions both held by small extremist minorities.

          Unfortunately in the US your typical media personality is a cookie-cutter extremist lefty living in an echo chamber.

nordic_prince | June 25, 2022 at 1:11 pm

Have any of these morons actually read the decision? Of course not – they’re merely regurgitating the 4 a.m. talking points they’ve been fed.

The SC did not “ban abortion;” it merely said that it’s a matter to be decided by the individual state legislatures – you know, that whole “We the People,” representative government thingy.

What they’re really foaming at the mouth over is the notion of people deciding for themselves what to do and how to live. They HATE that, not only because the hoi polloi won’t do as their “betters” think they should, but also because then THEY LOSE CONTROL whenever the people act independently, of their own volition.

For 2+ years they’ve been drunk on dictatorial power, and they are loath to give it up.

chrisboltssr | June 25, 2022 at 1:16 pm

The rest of the world knows this is the beginning of the end for abortion in their respective nations. The last time the United States settled a social question of great importance to the human condition (no, not gay marriage but slavery) the rest of the world followed suit.

    No more wicked solutions, just reconcilable support.

    You’re not totally wrong but giving credit where it’s due I believe the Brits led the way on ending slavery.

    Unfortunately the job is not done either – almost every Islamic state has de facto legal slavery. And even in the west you occasionally read about Saudi or related nationals living here illegally treating their 3rd world servants as slaves without any right to reasonable conditions or to leave.

      Whitewall in reply to BobM. | June 25, 2022 at 1:55 pm

      “Amazing Grace”

      gospace in reply to BobM. | June 25, 2022 at 5:40 pm

      Indians also- who are not part of Sharialand.

        BobM in reply to gospace. | June 26, 2022 at 10:42 am

        Not sure if it’s just indigenous to ancient Hindu culture (see their caste system) or if it’s contagion from centuries of living cheek-to-jowel with or ruled by Muslim rulers but lots of India loves them having some second class citizens. Wether it’s the ladies or a hereditary servant caste. A 60’s Red Neck Cletus from Georgia runs neck to neck with a high caste Indian dad in sitters reaction to a daughter dating out of caste.

      gospace in reply to BobM. | June 25, 2022 at 6:16 pm

      Sort of. It was Protestants in an assortment of denominations who led the way on ending the slave trade. In Britain, the USA, and elsewhere. Anti-slave patrols off Africa were conducted by Britain, USA, and France. Mostly Britan and the USA. Before they actually abolished slavery, they worked together to end the slave trade.

      The Quakers, on both sides of the Atlantic, once they abolished slavery among themselves in 1774, were among the leaders in the anti-slavery movement.

      No they didn’t. The US was the first country to abolish it completely. Britain continued trading slaves after the US banned that part of it. They were still practicing slavery in India where it continues to this day. In fact, India has more slaves than China by far.

        CommoChief in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 25, 2022 at 10:01 pm

        One thing that’s always stood out to me is the opportunistic attitude of the British Navy on the issue. They would happily proclaim runaway slaves to be freemen. Just as free to be pressed into service for the British Navy as anyone else.

        WISteve in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 26, 2022 at 2:04 am

        Correct.
        The “blackbirding” of Pacific Island natives by Brits and Aussies well into the 20th and even the 21st century make a mockery of their false claims to abolition of slavery.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbirding#Seasonal_workers_in_the_21st_century

        Even their west Africa “patrols” against slavery was self serving. When they would intercept a slaver, the Africans were often shipped to British Caribbean islands where slavery was still permitted and they were required to work to earn their freedom on the plantations.

          BobM in reply to WISteve. | June 26, 2022 at 1:08 pm

          Playing Devil’s advocate – it’s likely that many intercepted slave ships “passengers” couldn’t be returned home. Even if you could understand the dialect naval ships are ill suited to deliver passengers inland to unknown destinations. Dropping them off at a random coast is begging for re-inslavement. It was coastal Africans who were selling other Africans to other Africans and white slavers – few slaves were taken initially by whites (unless you count Arabs I guess). A ship’s captain may have few choices other than abandoning freed slaves to whatever fate or bringing them back to a home port and indenture so they don’t starve.

      chrisboltssr in reply to BobM. | June 25, 2022 at 7:18 pm

      You’re right. I intentionally did not mention Britain because they didn’t put an exclamation point on ending slavery the way we did. I also intentionally didn’t mention thr slave state of Libya (which we helped foment by removing Qaddafi without a proxy government installed).

        Some good points but we Americans are not entirely Lilly White (no pun intended) on this subject. Pretty soon after we ended slavery we threw ex-slaves under the proverbial bus. It took an other century for the national govt to restart the task of Reconstruction it fumbled post-bellum.

      WISteve in reply to BobM. | June 26, 2022 at 2:50 am

      No the Brits did not.
      The Brits ended slavery in the British Islands, where it was never a big deal, but preserved slavery in their Caribbean islands where it was used to support their sugar plantations. And their slavery in many parts of the empire continued on it’s merry way for decades. They modified the system in many places to what they called “indentured labor” but the program, which continued until 1920, was clearly abusive to the people involved.
      https://intriguing-history.com/migration-of-indians-colonies/
      The US Constitution incorporated a sunset provision which banned importation after 1808. It was thought by the abolitionists that would end it after a bit of time. It was the best deal they could cut to obtain ratification of the Constitution in some southern states.
      https://krisannehall.com/index.php/resources/articles/166-how-the-constitution-ended-slavery

      Barry in reply to BobM. | June 27, 2022 at 12:54 am

      The Bits abolished the slave trade in 1807, followed by the USA in 1808. Not much difference there.

      The fact is, it was the 1800’s when westerners began to realize that the slave were human beings and began abolishing the worst of the practice. Kings/queens were still slave owners of course just as the communist countries run a vast slavery enterprise.

So baby killing makes it a shift to the Left

Seems to be correct to me

I fail to see that this is any of their business regardless of their opinion. Spend your time and energy on dealing with your own mismanaged shithole countries.

taurus the judge | June 25, 2022 at 1:28 pm

To Canada and the rest of the World:

GFY! When we want your opinion on what we do, we will give it to you.

Kirk Out

Keep women affordable, available, and taxable.

Women, men, and “our Posterity” are from Earth. Feminists are from Venus. Masculinists are from Mars. Social progressives are from Uranus.

That said, there is no mystery in sex and conception. A woman and man have four choices, and an equal right to self-defense through reconciliation. The wicked solution is neither a good nor exclusive choice. The nominally “secular” Pro-Choice ethical religion denies women and men’s dignity and agency, and reduces human life to negotiable commodities.

Roe’s regrets. Ruth’s remorse. Republicans’ resolution…

I thought we stopped listening to Europe in 1776?

Seriously, they don’t have a clue as to what the Supreme Court actually said. It’s up to the States to determine the law concerning abortion.

Question: How many European countries have a guaranteed RIGHT to an abortion in their constitution (or equivalent)? Canada????

Argh…

    mrzee in reply to richjb. | June 25, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Canada definitely doesn’t although Trudeau is too stupid to understand that.

    henrybowman in reply to richjb. | June 26, 2022 at 2:48 am

    This.
    I read elsewhere (maybe even here, in a different comments section) that nobody in Europe or practically anywhere else has the loosey-goosey policies for abortion that the US has had. Now, I freely admit that don’t follow women’s soccer, curling, or international abortion law. So is this true or not? And if it is true, what the heck do all these hypocrites think they’re proving?

These people clearly have not read the decision and have no grasp of the consequences, because they do not understand our system.

This is ridiculous. European countries have laws as restrictive as Mississippi’s. Some prohibit abortion, like Malta. All have prohibit abortion by the 21 week. None have laws like NY or CO.

I often get the idea that foreigners only get our and their Propaganda Ministry.

I’d give short schrift to the outraged screechings from a continent that produced Marx, Lenin, Stalin, two world wars, and industrialized mass murder.

If you thought we had a special relationship instead of the Democratic Party had a special relationship with Europe welcome to reality, I hope it gets us to change our minds on party orthodoxies that just don’t suite us or America as a whole.

By the way the European countries not attacking the Republican Party right now are places like Hungary, Poland, and other European countries that the establishment despises and would probably eliminate from planet Earth if they could.