The right to abortion is a critical link to HIV services and must be protected


On Friday, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling overturning federal protections for abortion rights and allowing states to impose severe restrictions on reproductive healthcare access across the country. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP.

“For many individuals and families, reproductive healthcare is the first point of entry to the formal health care system and a critical link to HIV prevention, testing and treatment,” Adeeba Kamarulzaman, President of IAS – the International AIDS Society – said. “The impact of the US Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion rights will be felt around the world.”

More than half of US states are certain or likely to ban or severely restrict abortion access as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“Restrictions to healthcare anywhere are a blow to our efforts everywhere,” Susan Buchbinder, IAS Governing Council member and Director of HIV Prevention Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said.

“The US Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade ends five decades of protection for bodily autonomy. The implications of stripping away these rights affect not only women and people seeking abortion care, but all of us fighting for the right to live healthy lives and control our destinies.”

IAS – the International AIDS Society – convenes, educates and advocates for a world in which HIV no longer presents a threat to public health and individual well-being. After the emergence of HIV and AIDS, concerned scientists created the IAS to bring together experts from across the world and disciplines to promote a concerted HIV response

Today, the IAS and its members unite scientists, policy makers and activists to galvanize the scientific response, build global solidarity and enhance human dignity for all those living with and affected by HIV.


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  1. Feminists, what did you expect? For two years you cheered as the state intruded into the very bodies of resistant first responders, yelled at strangers, friends and family for their personal choices, supported an injection of experimental products in women and minors as mandated by state – and NOW you are surprised that your argument that a woman has a right to private healthcare decisions and that bodily autonomy was sacrosanct – bore little weight? You have yourselves, as well as others, to blame for the demise of Roe. You cheered on an idelogy of state intrusion into others medical decisions, that undermined your own arguments.

    • Statist bootlickers want freedom from tyranny but also want the government to tyrannical impose upon anyone who doesn’t agree with their perceptions.

  2. They are really grasping at straws with these silly arguments. Pregnant women get tested for HIV anyway and if it becomes necessary can be given antiretovirals that work incredibly well to prevent mother to child transmission. So, either way the women will be tested.
    Furthermore, abortion being illegal would cause many persons to be more cautious about running around recklessly which would reduce the spread of that virus anyway.

  3. “fighting … to … control our destinies”
    I think this pretty much sums up the situation. Some people believe that we can completely control our destinies even to the point of denying reality, nature, and God. They refuse to accept that humans exist as male and female, that females have uteruses that exist for the sole purpose of protecting new human life for a few months regardless of how it got there. They think that it would be more “fair” if women could be like men and run around without consequences, and also not have to take time out for reproduction until they have decided that they are “ready”. They even believe that life and death decrees for other humans are ok in their quest for control.
    The reality is that life is unpredictable and things hardly ever go according to “plan”. Fighting natural female biology to extremes is an exercise in futility.
    Imho, it would be best for society to acknowledge the reality of female biology and operate accordingly by encouraging young people to prepare adequately for the future before getting caught up in certain activities, and by providing services that women need to deal with any pregnancy that pops up via supportive pregnancy centres, clinics, and workplace flexibility.Better to live in harmony with nature than to oppose it. Whilst we should generally try as much as we can to save lives, it is ultimately best left up to God to decide who should live and who should die.

  4. So not being able to get an abortion will cause more people to get HIV? Is this the latest installment in the mass media proving how much we need to learn to think for ourselves? Last time I checked, the same process that causes HIV to spread is also associated with women getting pregnant. Would it take a degree in medicine or statistics to figure out that the likely result of abortion being illegal or highly restricted, is that she is more liable to tell the man to keep it in his pants…or use a condom?

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