Other world leaders weren’t quite this dense — although getting a comment from someone denser than Harry would require interviewing a) a robot made entirely of lead and depleted uranium or b) Meghan Markle. “Abortion is a fundamental right for all women. We must protect it. I would like to express my solidarity with all those women whose freedoms have today been compromised by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Macron wrote on Twitter.
#BREAKING: At the United Nations, Prince Harry calls out “the rolling back of Constitutional rights in the United States” as part of “a global assault on democracy and freedom.” pic.twitter.com/RnJNmkPDcp— Forbes (@Forbes) July 18, 2022
According to Politico, Trudeau called the decision “horrific” and said his “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.” Johnson, meanwhile, called it “a big step backwards.” It’s amazing: All of these world leaders know more about our Constitution than five Supreme Court justices. But notice that none of them made any remark about the Constitution itself — or what Alito’s ruling said. Instead, these men are insisting that women should have the right to abort children in the United States. I doubt Macron is banging on about other countries where abortion is completely illegal or is only legal to save the life of the mother; there are plenty of those, according to World Population Review, and the United States isn’t one of them. It’s also worth noting Macron wasn’t too eager to mention France bans abortion after 14 weeks of pregnancy, as France24 notes. Meanwhile, the Dobbs case that ended up overturning Roe v. Wade had to do with a Mississippi law that was struck down by lower courts because it banned abortions — gasp! — after 15 weeks of gestation. Macron’s own country wouldn’t have survived the legal precedent set under Roe — as, indeed, much of Europe and the rest of the world wouldn’t have. Trudeau, meanwhile, wasn’t talking about a “horrific” constitutional precedent, just a “horrific” outcome when it comes to his worldview. And when Johnson said this was “a big step backwards,” he wasn’t talking about a constitutional step backward. Instead, he believes abortion is sacrosanct, and no matter what our founding documents say or what our Supreme Court justices decide, we’re headed in reverse. And then there’s Harry, comparing the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision noting that Roe invented a right to an abortion out of whole cloth and returning the issue to the states with … Russia’s sanguinary, irredentist, war crime-ridden invasion of Ukraine. Harry might not be anywhere near the front of the line for the throne, thanks to Prince William blessedly preceding him out of his mother’s womb. That said, the Duke of Sussex, now just an empty shell of celebrity, seems to have transformed himself into nothing more than a walking proof of Thomas Paine’s epigram: “A hereditary monarch is as absurd a position as a hereditary doctor or mathematician.” But I digress: None of these men is interested in Justice Alito’s opinion. None has likely read it. None of them is interested in the Constitution, although I’ll concede maybe a few of them have read it. Instead, these are people who treat America as a sport and conservatism as the rival squad. (Johnson may be a Conservative, but that has a somewhat different meaning in Merrie England than it does in America.) Dobbs scored a point for the other team, and now they’re hopping mad. American politicians don’t consider Canadian, English or French politics as if it were a sport. They typically don’t remark on those countries’ decisions and try to influence their laws, particularly pertaining to social policy. Funny how so many other world leaders lack the decorum to return the favor. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Abortion is a fundamental right for all women. It must be protected. I wish to express my solidarity with the women whose liberties are being undermined by the Supreme Court of the United States.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 24, 2022