Prince Harry likens Roe v Wade judgment to war in Ukraine

The recent US Supreme Court judgment on Roe v Wade is part of a “global assault on democracy and freedom”, the Duke of Sussex has claimed.

In an address before an informal gathering of the UN General Assembly to mark Nelson Mandela International Day, the Duke likened the ruling to the “horrific war in Ukraine”.

Last month, the Duchess of Sussex told Vogue magazine that she intended to continue campaigning for more liberal abortion laws and described her husband as “a feminist too”.


Prince Harry said: “This has been a painful year in a painful decade. We’re living through a pandemic that continues to ravage communities in every corner of the globe.

“Climate change wreaking havoc on our planet, with the most vulnerable suffering most of all. The few weaponizing lies and disinformation at the expense of the many.

“And from a horrific war in Ukraine, to the rolling back of constitutional rights here in the United States, we are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom”.

The US Supreme Court judgment on Roe v Wade returned responsibility for laws on abortion to elected representatives in the 50 states, after finding there was no constitutional right to abortion.

Rudimentary mistake

The Spectator’s Washington Editor Amber Athey accused Prince Harry of having only “a rudimentary understanding – at best – of our founding principles”.

Referring to his speech, she explained: “Prince Harry is presumably referring to the overturning of Roe vs Wade by the Supreme Court, an example of the American constitutional system working exactly as intended.”

“There is no ‘right to abortion’ enumerated in our constitution: the Supreme Court previously considered it a subset of the also-invented ‘right to privacy’.

“The Supreme Court righted this wrong decision and sent the proverbial political football back to state legislatures.”

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