Liberal Sussan Ley slams the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn abortion rights


Peter Dutton’s conservative Liberal deputy weighs in with strong reaction to the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn abortion rights for tens of millions of women

  • Sussan Ley condemned the US Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade 
  • Liberal politician said women’s issues shouldn’t be coupled with word ‘criminal’
  • Frontbencher Jason Clare said he shares some of the anger people are enduring
  • Individual states in the US will now have the power to outlaw or legalise abortion
  • About 26 of the nation’s 50 states are ‘certain or likely’ to ban the procedure 

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

The decision to reverse the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling signalled an end to constitutional right to abortion in the US – 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 remains legal and available, buying abortion pills online and hoping they don’t get caught using them, or having a potentially dangerous illegal abortion.

Following the ruling on Friday, Australian deputy Liberal leader Sussan Ley said: ‘This has been a step backwards for women in the US.’

Deputy Liberal leader said overturning Roe v Wade is a 'step backwards' for the USA

Deputy Liberal leader said overturning Roe v Wade is a ‘step backwards’ for the USA

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

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

‘I’m very discomforted by anything that puts a personal and sensitive issue that a woman has to grapple with in many instances, or a family has to grapple with, in the same sentence as criminal,’ she told Sky News on Sunday.

Ms Ley also agreed with former US president Bill Clinton’s famous proclaimation that abortion should be ‘safe, legal and rare’.

Up to 26 of the nation’s 50 states are considered ‘certain or likely’ to ban the procedure. Abortion was automatically banned in 13 states following the decision.

Australian Government frontbencher Jason Clare said he shared the anger, frustration and grief people are experiencing and talking about in the US and right across the world.

‘Thank god we are a country here in Australia where abortion is not an issue that divides the Labor Party and Liberal Party,’ he said.

‘I’m thinking at the moment for the women who live in some of these states that are basically being told today that if you want to have an abortion then get on a bus and travel a couple of hundred kilometres.’

On Friday, the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide (pictured, protesters in Denver, Colorado)

On Friday, the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide (pictured, protesters in Denver, Colorado)

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

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

‘For some, our womanhood is taken before we even have it. And that is not a choice,’ she said.

Ms Chatfield shared a mirror selfie in a bathroom – donning a white dress and strappy stilettos. 

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

Grace Tame has revealed that before she was raped by her high school teacher she'd had her period just four times - as she condemned the US Supreme Court's anti-abortion ruling

Grace Tame has revealed that before she was raped by her high school teacher she’d had her period just four times – as she condemned the US Supreme Court’s anti-abortion ruling 

‘Here, I’m six weeks pregnant.

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

Ms Chatfield said she cried herself to sleep following the ruling, describing removing access to ‘necessary healthcare’ as ‘barbaric and terrifying’.

‘Overnight, abortion rights have been stripped in 12 states. As someone who has had an abortion, it made me sick,’ she wrote.     

Incoming Victorian Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said ensuring equal access to health services, including for reproductive purposes, in regional areas was a priority in her new role and echoed the words of Ms Ley.

‘The US has taken a great, big step backwards in terms of the rights of women over their own bodies and their own destiny,’ she told reporters in Frankston.

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

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

In an address at the White House, President Joe Biden said it was ‘a sad day for the court and the country’.

He called the Supreme Court’s decision as ‘wrong, extreme, and out of touch’.

Accusing the court of ‘expressly taking away a constitution right that is so fundamental to so many Americans’, Biden vowed the fight over abortion rights ‘is not over’.

He said his administration will do everything in its power to combat efforts to restrict women from traveling to other states to obtain abortions.

INDIVIDUAL STATES ABORTION LAWS 

‘TRIGGER’ LAWS

The following states adopted ‘trigger laws’ that outlawed abortion virtually immediately after the Roe v. Wade ruling was overturned.

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

 STATES THAT HAVE ENACTED RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTIONS THIS YEAR

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Idaho 
  • Kentucky
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota 

 

 STATES THAT HAVE ENACTED PROTECTIONS ON ABORTIONS THIS YEAR

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut 
  • Maryland
  • Vermont 

 

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

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

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