Growing up in the US, I took for granted that my right to an abortion, should I choose to have one, was protected by the constitution. That right was taken away on Friday, when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade after nearly 50 years. Due to what are known as “trigger laws”, millions of Americans now live in states where abortion is a criminal offence – and more are sure to follow. If you, like many around the world, are wondering what this all means, this piece by health law and constitutional law experts at Boston University explains what you need to know.

Watching from thousands of miles away in the UK, I’m struggling to understand how my siblings, friends, and others I’ve grown up with now have fewer – not more – rights in this area than our mothers and grandmothers.

This decision puts the US among a group of countries that have made it more difficult to access abortion in recent decades. The US is just one piece (albeit a large one) of the global picture on reproductive rights. Claire Pierson, an expert in gender and feminist politics at the University of Liverpool, explains the status of abortion access around the world. Read ongoing coverage of this issue from across our international network here.

Avery Anapol

Commissioning Editor, Politics + Society

A half-century of reproduction rights upended by the Supreme Court. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Roe overturned: What you need to know about the Supreme Court abortion decision

Linda C. McClain, Boston University; Nicole Huberfeld, Boston University

By a 6 to 3 majority, the Supreme Court decided to overrule the landmark Roe decision and end almost 50 years of access to abortion being a constitution right.

Polio: we’re developing a safer vaccine that uses no genetic material from the virus

Keith Grehan, University of Leeds; Jessica Swanson, University of Leeds

The oral polio vaccine is cheap and effective, but it comes with some risks.

Ukraine war: Nato summit to meet in a world reordered by Russian aggression and Chinese ambition

Mark Webber, University of Birmingham

The next summit, against a backdrop of war in Ukraine, will be a test of Nato’s solidarity and sense of purpose.

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