For those that thought abortion is only discussed at such a high level in the United States, think again. The ‘Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization’ Supreme Court decision overturning ‘Roe v. Wade’ and leaving abortion laws to be decided by the states has been a topic of national discussion lately. The US Supreme Court’s decision to release abortion from being a constitutionally protected right has also been discussed at an international level. The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (C.E.R.D.) analyzed the dropping access to abortion and the disproportionate effect it has on minorities and low-income people in the US.
The findings were presented and discussed amongst the 18 experts of C.E.R.D., as well as the 24-member delegation of American officials that sat in on the C.E.R.D. hearing. The committee’s findings pointed to low-income minorities having a “disparate impact on [their] sexual and reproductive health and rights”. C.E.R.D. called on the US to safeguard access for low-income minorities and to mitigate the risk of criminal prosecution of women seeking abortions and the clinics that provide the abortions.
The Biden administration has not commented as to the specifics of the committee’s findings and call to action, besides the UN American Ambassador stating that, “the Biden administration remains committed to protecting and advancing the rights of women and girls around the world...” It seems like the US and the UN will have to wait and see if the Biden administration will make any mention of the C.E.R.D. findings.