Where Abortion Is Legal in the World in 2022

The world reels as the U.S. overrules Roe vs. Wade.

It’s been a rough month in the United States. On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court officially voted to overturn Roe vs. Wade, a landmark ruling in 1973 that legalized abortion in the U.S.A. With the ruling now overturned, abortion is no longer considered a constitutional right for women in the country.

The U.S. Supreme Court has now left it in the hands of individual states to determine whether they will legalize abortions under their jurisdiction. Since Roe was overruled, 22 out of the 50 states have banned and will likely ban abortion. As expected, the ruling has caused a chasm in the already divisive U.S.A.

While the U.S. appears to be making a step backward in women’s reproductive rights, it appears the rest of the world is not following suit. As of 2022, there are only 10 countries that have banned abortion even if the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother’s life.

As for the rest of the world, Latin America has made strides in women’s reproductive rights in recent years when Colombia finally decriminalized abortion 24 weeks into a pregnancy, Argentina legalized abortion, and Mexico’s decriminalization of abortion is expected to take into effect soon.

Meanwhile, in Asia, South Korea decriminalized abortion 14 weeks into a pregnancy and Thailand legalized abortion 12 weeks into a pregnancy. In Southeast Asia, the Philippines is the only country that bans abortion even at the risk to the mother’s life.  

However, Africa and the Middle East are the least progressive regions when it comes to women’s reproductive rights and access to safe abortions. Abortion laws vary worldwide depending on how far a woman is in her pregnancy, but here’s a rough map of how the state of legal abortions stands worldwide. 


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