Maria Thattil says she had an abortion and calls overturning of Roe v. Wade ‘a sad day in history’


Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil reveals she had an abortion at age 21 – as she calls the overturning of Roe v. Wade ‘a sad day in history’

Former Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil has shared that she had an abortion in 2015.

Maria, 29, shared a photo of herself just days after she had an abortion at 21 and said she cannot imagine how her life would’ve turned out if she had been forced to carry that pregnancy to term.

The U.S. Supreme Court‘s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, ending the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S., means individual states can decide whether abortion can be made illegal. 

Former Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil, 29, (pictured) has shared that she had an abortion at age 21. She made the revelation on Sunday, following the United States Supreme Court ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade

Former Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil, 29, (pictured) has shared that she had an abortion at age 21. She made the revelation on Sunday, following the United States Supreme Court ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade

Posting to social media, Maria wrote: ‘I was 21 when I had my #abortion and there isn’t a single day that goes by where I am not grateful that I had could safely access the procedure and healthcare for my circumstances.’

‘We’re witnessing a violent attack on bodily autonomy and agency. Being forced to carry a pregnancy to term is not a respectable consequence of womanhood. It is a violation of personhood,’ she continued. 

‘And this is not about babies or honouring personhood. If it was, then where the f**k is action toward equitable access to education, healthcare & contraception? Where the f**k is swift action on major injustices like gun violence, child marriage & sexual abuse?’ 

Maria uploaded this photo of herself just days after she had an abortion at 21 (pictured) and said she cannot imagine how her life would've turned out if she had been forced to carry that pregnancy to term

Maria uploaded this photo of herself just days after she had an abortion at 21 (pictured) and said she cannot imagine how her life would’ve turned out if she had been forced to carry that pregnancy to term

Maria wrote: 'I was 21 when I had my #abortion and there isn't a single day that goes by where I am not grateful that I had could safely access the procedure and healthcare for my circumstances'

Maria wrote: ‘I was 21 when I had my #abortion and there isn’t a single day that goes by where I am not grateful that I had could safely access the procedure and healthcare for my circumstances’

Maria sent her condolences to those directly impacted by the decision. 

‘My heart is with people who will suffer emotional damage or lose their lives to unsafe back-alley procedures and refusal of healthcare. My heart is especially with marginalised communities who will die disproportionately as a result of this decision,’ she wrote. 

Echoing the words of United States President Joe Biden, Maria wrote: ‘This is a sad day in history.’   

‘I will never take my abortion for granted and I hope that you too don’t stay silent because we must keep fighting for our right to safe abortions. Don’t let this defeat you, let it galvanise you into action,’ she concluded. 

'This is a sad day in history, I will never take my abortion for granted and I hope that you too don't stay silent because we must keep fighting for our right to safe abortions. Don't let this defeat you, let it galvanise you into action'

‘This is a sad day in history, I will never take my abortion for granted and I hope that you too don’t stay silent because we must keep fighting for our right to safe abortions. Don’t let this defeat you, let it galvanise you into action’

The Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion that have been in place for nearly 50 years by deciding to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling.

Power has now been handed back to individual states to decide whether or not to permit the procedure.  

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 or having a potentially dangerous illegal abortion. 

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'. Pictured on June 24

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’. Pictured on June 24

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.

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'

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’

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