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Nidaa Badwan in her room
Nidaa Badwan in her room
Christophe Boltanski and Sébastien Leban

GAZA — Of the clamors of the world around her, she sees nothing. Neither the walls and watchtowers that enclose the Gaza Strip, nor the destruction brought by the bombs. She doesn't even see the months-old rubble of the neighboring building. Her only window, barely wider than an arrow slit, looks onto an empty back alley and is made even darker by opaque glass. She opens it a little, in the morning or in the evening, when the sunbeams hit the wall she covered with egg cartons to absorb the sounds from outside.

Since November 2013, Nidaa Badwan has refused to leave the first floor of her family home in Deir al-Balah. She's been living cloistered inside nine square meters that serve as both a bedroom and workshop. And yet it's here, in this dark space, that her reflections come to life.

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End Of Roe v. Wade: Will It Spark Anti-Abortion Momentum Around The World?

Pro-life activists celebrated the end of the U.S. right to abortion, hoping it will trigger a new debate on a topic that in some places had largely been settled: in favor a woman’s right to choose. But it could also boomerang.

Thousands of people demonstrate against abortion in Madrid

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Shaun Lavelle

The Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling establishing a constitutional right to abortion put the United States at the forefront of abortion rights in the world.

Other countries would follow suit in the succeeding years, with France legalizing abortion in 1975, Italy in 1978, and Ireland finally joining most of the rest of Europe with a landslide 2018 referendum victory for women’s right to choose. Elsewhere, parts of Asia and Africa have made incremental steps toward legalizing abortion, while a growing number of Latin American countries have joined what has now been a decades-long worldwide shift toward more access to abortion rights.

But now, 49 years later, with last Friday’s landmark overturning of Roe v. Wade, will the U.S. once again prove to be ahead of the curve? Will American cultural and political influence carry across borders on the abortion issue, reversing the momentum of recent years?

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