True - but decriminalization is NOT the same thing as legitimation. Decriminalization can simply be the choice not to make something subject to criminal penalties. A technical distinction, but a real one. Thus one may say no law can make a wrong right…but, that does not mean one must impose criminal penalties on every wrong. Even in the USA Bishop Tobin of Providence (who is no abortion shrinking violet), a while back, when asked what penalties should be imposed for abortion begged off on that issue.
So, simply removing criminal penalties- or deleting a prior law that made something criminal - in and of itself, is not legitimation…i.e., making it proper, right or good. It is simply not making a bad act a matter for the criminal justice system. That is, it is possibly only a civil decision as to what is not appropriate within the criminal justice system. That may be a wrong decision, but it is not necessarily legitimation. Too often in this day people seem to think criminalization is the answer to every wrong - and that is usually the wrong answer IMHO.
Frankly, I believe the prior criminalization of abortion is what led directly to it being declared a right - legitimation in this society. The prior criminalization did little to stop abortion and had the unintended consequence of leading the Supreme Court and a large number of people to believing it is proper and right - and part of the constitution which it now is. We’d do better to emphasize the horror of it and persuade society to NOT approve it on a societal level - and get out of the criminal justice system solves it all mentality. That is, get buy-in that it’s wrong, but not criminalize it as that generates a reaction that is counterproductive - as we have seen.
All that being said, I’m not sure exactly what took place beyond decriminalization in this instance.