Hundreds of Australians joined raucous protests throughout the nation on Saturday towards the US Supreme Courtroom’s overturning of ladies’s constitutional proper to abortion.
The Supreme Courtroom final week overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, restoring the power of particular person states to ban abortion.
Within the greatest rally in Australia, round 15,000 ladies and men marched by Melbourne, with placards together with “I borrowed this sign from my grandma,” and “Everyone deserves the right to bodily autonomy”.
“We are here to stand up for women’s rights in Australia and around the world. Millions of women in the United States have had their rights stripped from them and we are angry about that,” stated Liz Walsh, one of many organisers of the protest in Melbourne.
As in america now, in Australia, abortion legal guidelines are set by states. The nation’s most populous state, New South Wales, solely legalised abortion in 2019 — the final state to take action.
The time restrict after conception for accessing surgical abortion and provision of abortion providers varies from state to state, with some offering extra public well being care entry than others. South Australia bans non-public abortion clinics.
Protesters known as for simpler entry throughout the nation.
“I’ve come out today in solidarity with women and girls in America in protesting and advocating for their rights for choice and that abortion is healthcare and every woman deserves a right to that,” stated Melbourne protestor Geraldine Bilston.