London (CNN)Several of the United States’ Western allies responded with anger and dismay after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, condemning the decision as “horrific,” “appalling” and “a big step backwards.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the move “clearly has a massive impact on people’s thinking around the world,” calling it “a very important decision.””I’ve got to tell you, I think it’s a big step backwards,” Johnson said at a press conference during a summit of Commonwealth leaders in Rwanda. “I’ve always believed in a woman’s right to choose and I stick to that view, and that’s why the UK has the laws that it does.”The US is already home to some of the more restrictive abortion laws among its democratic allies in the G7 and other international alliances.But Friday’s judgment isolated it further from much of the West on the issue of women’s reproductive health.Read More”The news coming out of the United States is horrific,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. “My heart goes out to the millions of American women who are now set to lose their legal right to an abortion. I can’t imagine the fear and anger you are feeling right now.” Analysis: Abortion rights activists in the US can learn from recent progress on abortion access in Latin AmericaAnalysis: Abortion rights activists in the US can learn from recent progress on abortion access in Latin AmericaAnalysis: Abortion rights activists in the US can learn from recent progress on abortion access in Latin America“No government, politician, or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body. I want women in Canada to know that we will always stand up for your right to choose,” he added.French President Emmanuel Macron also expressed “solidarity” with women in the US, and called abortion a “fundamental right for all women” soon after his Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna called the decision “appalling.”And Spanish leader Pedro Sánchez said in a tweet: “We cannot take any right for granted. Social achievements are always at risk of going backwards and their defense has to be our day to day. Women must be able to decide freely about their lives.”Protests took place in front of the US Embassy in London on Friday evening, with other protests scheduled to take place across Europe over the weekend, including in Ireland, where a constitutional ban on abortion was overturned in 2018. Anti-abortion protesters celebrate outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Friday, June 24.Anti-abortion protesters celebrate outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Friday, June 24. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeAnti-abortion protesters celebrate outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Friday, June 24.Hide Caption 1 of 21A pro-abortion rights activist wears tape across their mouth reading "2nd Class Citizen" in Washington, DC, on Friday.A pro-abortion rights activist wears tape across their mouth reading "2nd Class Citizen" in Washington, DC, on Friday. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeA pro-abortion rights activist wears tape across their mouth reading “2nd Class Citizen” in Washington, DC, on Friday.Hide Caption 2 of 21Pro-abortion protesters gather for a demonstration outside the Supreme Court on Friday.Pro-abortion protesters gather for a demonstration outside the Supreme Court on Friday. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadePro-abortion protesters gather for a demonstration outside the Supreme Court on Friday.Hide Caption 3 of 21From left, an abortion rights activist and an anti-abortion demonstrator argue outside of the Supreme Court.From left, an abortion rights activist and an anti-abortion demonstrator argue outside of the Supreme Court. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeFrom left, an abortion rights activist and an anti-abortion demonstrator argue outside of the Supreme Court.Hide Caption 4 of 21Socks that read "abortion is mean" are worn by an anti-abortion activist outside of the Supreme Court on Friday.Socks that read "abortion is mean" are worn by an anti-abortion activist outside of the Supreme Court on Friday. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeSocks that read “abortion is mean” are worn by an anti-abortion activist outside of the Supreme Court on Friday.Hide Caption 5 of 21Anti-abortion campaigners celebrate outside the Supreme Court.Anti-abortion campaigners celebrate outside the Supreme Court. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeAnti-abortion campaigners celebrate outside the Supreme Court.Hide Caption 6 of 21Journalists cover the Supreme Court decision on Friday, in Washington, DC.Journalists cover the Supreme Court decision on Friday, in Washington, DC. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeJournalists cover the Supreme Court decision on Friday, in Washington, DC.Hide Caption 7 of 21Abortion rights advocates hug outside the Supreme Court on Friday.Abortion rights advocates hug outside the Supreme Court on Friday. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeAbortion rights advocates hug outside the Supreme Court on Friday.Hide Caption 8 of 21An demonstrator shouts anti-abortion slogans through a megaphone outside the Supreme Court on Friday.An demonstrator shouts anti-abortion slogans through a megaphone outside the Supreme Court on Friday. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeAn demonstrator shouts anti-abortion slogans through a megaphone outside the Supreme Court on Friday.Hide Caption 9 of 21Jill McElroy, center, and her 9-year-old daughter Meriam participate in an abortion rights demonstration outside the Supreme Court. "A lesson we have always taught our children is they are the bosses of their own bodies," McElroy told CNN photographer Sarah Silbiger. "The Court's decision today goes against that, and as a family, we think that's wrong."Jill McElroy, center, and her 9-year-old daughter Meriam participate in an abortion rights demonstration outside the Supreme Court. "A lesson we have always taught our children is they are the bosses of their own bodies," McElroy told CNN photographer Sarah Silbiger. "The Court's decision today goes against that, and as a family, we think that's wrong." Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeJill McElroy, center, and her 9-year-old daughter Meriam participate in an abortion rights demonstration outside the Supreme Court. “A lesson we have always taught our children is they are the bosses of their own bodies,” McElroy told CNN photographer Sarah Silbiger. “The Court’s decision today goes against that, and as a family, we think that’s wrong.”Hide Caption 10 of 21An anti-abortion demonstrator reacts to the ruling on Friday, in Washington, DC.An anti-abortion demonstrator reacts to the ruling on Friday, in Washington, DC. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeAn anti-abortion demonstrator reacts to the ruling on Friday, in Washington, DC.Hide Caption 11 of 21Amanda Herring, left, poses for a portrait with the words "not yet a human" written on her pregnant belly during an abortion rights demonstration in front of the Supreme Court on Friday. Herring, who is Jewish, told CNN that her religion has helped shape her views on abortion. "Judaism says that life begins with the first breath, that is when the soul enters the body," she said.Amanda Herring, left, poses for a portrait with the words "not yet a human" written on her pregnant belly during an abortion rights demonstration in front of the Supreme Court on Friday. Herring, who is Jewish, told CNN that her religion has helped shape her views on abortion. "Judaism says that life begins with the first breath, that is when the soul enters the body," she said. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeAmanda Herring, left, poses for a portrait with the words “not yet a human” written on her pregnant belly during an abortion rights demonstration in front of the Supreme Court on Friday. Herring, who is Jewish, told CNN that her religion has helped shape her views on abortion. “Judaism says that life begins with the first breath, that is when the soul enters the body,” she said.Hide Caption 12 of 21Anti-abortion activists demonstrate in Washington, DC, on Friday.Anti-abortion activists demonstrate in Washington, DC, on Friday. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeAnti-abortion activists demonstrate in Washington, DC, on Friday.Hide Caption 13 of 21A woman creates a pro-abortion poster on Friday in Washington, DC.A woman creates a pro-abortion poster on Friday in Washington, DC. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeA woman creates a pro-abortion poster on Friday in Washington, DC.Hide Caption 14 of 21A tear rolls down the cheek of a pro-abortion activist in Washington, DC.A tear rolls down the cheek of a pro-abortion activist in Washington, DC. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeA tear rolls down the cheek of a pro-abortion activist in Washington, DC.Hide Caption 15 of 21Journalists photograph reactions outside the Supreme Court on Friday.Journalists photograph reactions outside the Supreme Court on Friday. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeJournalists photograph reactions outside the Supreme Court on Friday.Hide Caption 16 of 21People gather in front of the Supreme Court after it overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.People gather in front of the Supreme Court after it overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadePeople gather in front of the Supreme Court after it overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.Hide Caption 17 of 21Anti-abortion demonstrators celebrate with champagne in front of the Supreme Court.Anti-abortion demonstrators celebrate with champagne in front of the Supreme Court. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeAnti-abortion demonstrators celebrate with champagne in front of the Supreme Court.Hide Caption 18 of 21Abortion rights protestors embrace outside the Supreme Court on Friday.Abortion rights protestors embrace outside the Supreme Court on Friday. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeAbortion rights protestors embrace outside the Supreme Court on Friday.Hide Caption 19 of 21Noah Slayter, right, demonstrates with fellow anti-abortion activists in front of the Supreme Court on Friday. "I was here right when the decision was delivered," said Slayter. "I am ecstatic. I was walking on air earlier."Noah Slayter, right, demonstrates with fellow anti-abortion activists in front of the Supreme Court on Friday. "I was here right when the decision was delivered," said Slayter. "I am ecstatic. I was walking on air earlier." Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeNoah Slayter, right, demonstrates with fellow anti-abortion activists in front of the Supreme Court on Friday. “I was here right when the decision was delivered,” said Slayter. “I am ecstatic. I was walking on air earlier.”Hide Caption 20 of 21"Our bodies our choices" is spray painted on a temporary wall in Washington, DC, on Friday."Our bodies our choices" is spray painted on a temporary wall in Washington, DC, on Friday. Photos: Americans react after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade”Our bodies our choices” is spray painted on a temporary wall in Washington, DC, on Friday.Hide Caption 21 of 2106b roe wade overturned 062408 roe wade overturned 062436 roe v wade overturned reaction 062427 roe v wade overturned reactions 0624 cnnphotos23 roe v wade overturned reactions 0624 cnnphotos07 roe wade overturned 062417 roe wade overturned 0624 cnnphotos13 roe wade overturned 0624 cnnphotos25 roe v wade overturned reactions 0624 cnnphotos28 roe v wade overturned reactions 0624 cnnphotos15 roe wade overturned 0624 cnnphotos32 roe v wade overturned reaction 0624 cnnphotos31 roe v wade overturned reactions 0624 29 roe v wade overturned reactions 0624 cnnphotos18 roe wade overturned 062414 roe wade overturned 062426 roe v wade overturned reactions 0624 cnnphotos01 roe wade overturned 062434 roe v wde overturned reactions 062435 roe v wde overturned reactions 062433 roe v wade overturned reaction 0624 cnnphotosUntil Friday, the US was one of 56 countries where abortion was legal on request, with no requirement for justification, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).Going forward, abortion rights will be determined by US states, unless Congress acts. Already, nearly half of the states have or will pass laws that ban abortion while others have enacted strict measures regulating the procedure. Prior to Friday’s decision the US was generally in the company of other Western nations, since few developed countries outright ban or heavily restrict access to abortions. Of the 36 countries the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs defines as developed economies, all but two — Poland and Malta — allow abortions on request or on broad health and socio-economic grounds, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), which campaigns for improved access to abortion and monitors laws worldwide.

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