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Liberal Susan Ley condemns US Supreme Court decision to overturn abortion rights

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A conservative Australian politician has criticized the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn abortion rights.

The decision to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling marked an end to the US constitutional right to abortion — meaning individual states will be left to decide whether abortion can be made illegal.

Women with unwanted pregnancies in America will now face the choice of traveling to another state where the procedure will remain legal and available, buying abortion pills online in the hopes they won’t be caught using them, or getting a ​to undergo a potentially dangerous illegal abortion.

After Friday’s ruling, Australian deputy Liberal leader Sussan Ley said: “This is a step back for women in the US.”

Deputy Liberal leader said overthrowing Roe v Wade is ‘step backwards’ for US

Pictured: Pro-life protesters at a demonstration in Washington in June.  Individual states will now decide whether to criminalize the procedure

Pictured: Pro-life protesters at a demonstration in Washington in June. Individual states will now decide whether to criminalize the procedure

“I feel very uncomfortable with anything that puts a personal and sensitive issue that a woman has to struggle with in many cases, or with which a family has to struggle, in the same sense as a criminal,” she told Sky News on Sunday.

Ms. Ley also agreed with former US President Bill Clinton’s famous statement that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.”

Up to 26 of the country’s 50 states are considered “certain or probable” to ban the procedure. Abortion was automatically banned in 13 states after the decision.

Australian government foreman Jason Clare said he shared the anger, frustration and sadness people in the US and around the world are experiencing and talking about.

“Thank God we are a country here in Australia where abortion is not an issue dividing the Labor Party and the Liberal Party,” he said.

“I’m thinking right now of the women who live in some of these states who are actually being told these days that if you want to have an abortion, you have to get on a bus and travel a few hundred miles.”

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide (photo, protesters in Denver, Colorado)

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide (photo, protesters in Denver, Colorado)

Over the weekend, prominent Australians, including former Australian of the Year Grace Tame and former Bachelor star Abbie Chatfield, spoke out about the ruling.

Ms Tame, who had only four periods when she was repeatedly raped by her 58-year-old high school teacher – ‘sometimes without protection’ – said that ‘part of democracy has died today’.

“For some, our femininity is taken before we have it. And that’s not a choice,” she said.

Ms Chatfield shared a mirrored selfie in a bathroom – wearing a white dress and strappy stilettos.

“This is me the day before I had my abortion, at the earliest stage you can’t realistically say you’re even pregnant,” she wrote on social media.

Grace Tame has revealed that before being raped by her high school teacher, she had only had four periods — while condemning the US Supreme Court's anti-abortion ruling

Grace Tame has revealed that before being raped by her high school teacher, she had only had four periods — while condemning the US Supreme Court’s anti-abortion ruling

“Here, I’m six weeks pregnant.

“I was 23 and had a decent job, but I didn’t want a child, and that was reason enough. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the right one.’

Ms Chatfield said she cried herself to sleep after the verdict and described removing access to ‘essential health care’ as ‘barbaric and terrifying’.

“Abortion rights were abolished overnight in 12 states. As someone who had an abortion, it made me sick,” she wrote.

The incoming Victorian Health Secretary Mary-Anne Thomas said ensuring equal access to health services, including for reproductive purposes, in regional areas is a priority in her new role and echoed Ms Ley’s words.

“The US has taken a big, big step backwards in women’s rights over their own bodies and their own destiny,” she told reporters in Frankston.

Abbie Chatfield, 27, (pictured) shared this photo of herself when she was six weeks pregnant the day before having an abortion at age 23 in an Instagram post on Saturday

Abbie Chatfield, 27, (pictured) shared this photo of herself when she was six weeks pregnant the day before having an abortion at age 23 in an Instagram post on Saturday

Speaking at the White House, President Joe Biden said it was “a sad day for the court and the country.”

He called the Supreme Court ruling “wrong, extreme and inappropriate.”

Biden accused the court of “expressly depriving myself of a constitutional right that is so fundamental to so many Americans,” and vowed that the fight over abortion rights is “not over.”

He said his government will do everything in its power to fight efforts to prevent women from traveling to other states to have abortions.

INDIVIDUAL STATES ABORTION LEGISLATION

‘TRIGGER’ LAWS

The following states passed “trigger laws” banning abortion almost immediately after the overturning of the Roe v. Wade ruling.

  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • south dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

STATES THAT IMPOSED RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTION THIS YEAR

  • Kentucky
  • Oklahoma
  • south dakota

STATES THAT HAVE PROTECTED AGAINST ABORTION THIS YEAR

The chart above shows a map of which US states are most and least likely to ban abortions

The chart above shows a map of which US states are most and least likely to ban abortions

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