Opinion | No, abortion laws in Europe do not align with U.S. restrictions - The Washington Post

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Sep 23, 2022, 11:31:52 AMSep 23
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Opinion U.S. abortion restrictions absolutely do not align with European law

Campaigners celebrating the repeal of a constitutional ban on abortions in Ireland in 2018. (Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images)

Leah Hoctor is senior regional director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights and an expert on international and comparative European law on abortion.

Three months after the Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion in the United States shocked people across Europe, Republican lawmakers have astonished Europeans again with claims that 47 of 50 European countries ban abortion after 15 weeks.

This is simply untrue — as is the claim, made by Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and other lawmakers, that by introducing a 15-week federal ban on most abortions, the United States would move into line with Europe.

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