Finnish Parliament Sends Powerful Roe v. Wade Message to 'American Sisters'

Women serving in Finland's parliament recently showed their support for American women affected by the recent Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the longstanding decision that made abortion a constitutionally-protected right and left abortion laws up to the individual states. After the decision, trigger laws already in place in some states banned abortion outright, while others restricted access to the procedure. Some states however, like Kentucky and Louisiana, have blocked trigger laws that would have banned abortions.

The ruling has been a divisive one with people taking to the streets to protest the decision and protest in favor of abortion rights for all women.

And now the women of the Finnish parliament, have taken to TikTok to relay their thoughts in a group video.

Green MP Sofia Virta organized and shared the video featuring various other female politicians, and sent a direct message to all American women.

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Still from Sofia Virta of the Finnish parliament's TikTok message on abortion. Sofia Virta

"Dear American sisters, you are not alone, the Finnish parliament stands with you, abortion is a human right," reads the on-screen text. The women were filmed standing strongly and silently in a line while Paris by The Chainsmokers played in the background, featuring the lyrics: "If we go down then we go down together."

Virta has been active in politics since 2017 and her ongoing political themes include improving the rights of children, mental health services and animal rights.

Political aide Senni Pulkkinen told Newsweek that the TikTok video was an attempt to show solidarity from across the globe - and it seemingly worked, gaining over 1.7 million views.

"The idea of gathering up some colleagues for the TikTok came to her fast, and amidst a busy day of parliament work we were able to gather up a group of MPs from five different parties. There are certainly even more MPs in the Finnish parliament who support the message - and of all genders too," she told Newsweek.

"Sofia began to look for a way to both voice her opinion as well as to create an act of solidarity in a message, that had the possibility to have international reach (especially to the U.S.)," Pulkkinen said. "TikTok seemed like the correct platform for achieving that. It is great to see the message reach far and wide."

This isn't the first time Virta has spoken out regarding abortion rights, and she's currently working on a reform to the Finnish national abortion legislation in a bid to improve and modernize it.

"Sofia was extremely shocked to hear the news of the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The U.S. is a big country that has a lot of influence on attitudes all over the world. We have kept witnessing these attacks on abortion rights elsewhere too: the situation of countries such as Poland and other countries that have restricted the right to abortion is alarming, to say the least," said Pulkkinen.

"As a member of the Social Affairs and Health Committee, Sofia is working with a reform to national abortion legislation, so the topic is current and close to her heart in many ways," Pulkkinen said. "In Finland, we are (luckily) modernizing the legislation in a way that improves bodily autonomy – not restricting it. Still, unfortunately in Finland, too, there are some conservative groups willing to weaken women's rights. Women's rights need defenders and supporters more than ever, which is what Sofia does through her work in the parliament and the committee."