Roe v Wade protests break out in Australia as residents demonstrate against decision


The blow dealt by the US Supreme Court limiting access to safe abortions has shone a light on the situation in Australia as protesters take to the streets in solidarity.

Thousands of people have already turned up at marches in Brisbane and Adelaide, and big numbers are expected in Melbourne and Sydney on Saturday.

Supporters are also expected to voice discontent in Perth, Hobart, Wollongong and Rockhampton on Saturday, and in Launceston on Sunday.

The blow dealt by the US Supreme Court limiting access to safe abortions has shone a light on the situation in Australia as protesters take to the streets in solidarity (pictured, demonstrators in Melbourne)

Thousands of people have already turned up at marches in Brisbane and Adelaide, and big numbers are expected in Melbourne and Sydney on Saturday (pictured, protestors in Melbourne)

Thousands of people have already turned up at marches in Brisbane and Adelaide, and big numbers are expected in Melbourne and Sydney on Saturday (pictured, protestors in Melbourne)

‘Mind your own uterus’, ‘abortion is healthcare’ and ‘no uterus, no opinion’ were among the messages written on placards.

The movement has been sparked by the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade that has seen 27 US states move toward either banning or threatening to criminalise abortions.

While much of the attention is on America, there is still work to be done on abortion access at home, contraception and safe abortion providers, MSI Australia says.

‘The events taking place in the US are devastating for human rights. Fortunately, we are not at risk of having abortion bans in Australia but we do need increased access and equity to abortion care services,’ MSI managing director Jamal Hakim says.

Frontline health worker Cecilia Judge addressed the protestors gathered on the steps of the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne.

‘Whenever abortion is presented as a debate anywhere, it can increase the shame, stigma, and for some of the people I work with, the grief of accessing abortion care,’ she said.

‘Abortion is not a debate, abortion is healthcare, and healthcare is a human right.’

Sex history researcher and TikTok influencer Esme James urged residents to stand together.

‘They win when we are silent. They win when we stop fighting back,’ she said. 

The movement has been sparked by the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade that has seen 27 US states move toward either banning or threatening to criminalise abortions

The movement has been sparked by the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade that has seen 27 US states move toward either banning or threatening to criminalise abortions

While much of the attention is on America, there is still work to be done on abortion access at home, contraception and safe abortion providers, MSI Australia says

While much of the attention is on America, there is still work to be done on abortion access at home, contraception and safe abortion providers, MSI Australia says

‘They win when we forget the power isn’t ours to take back, but was always ours to begin with.’ 

While the Federal Government supports abortion rights, people without access to public funded services request financial support on a weekly basis, Mr Hakim says.

‘In particular, people on temporary visas in Australia face extraordinary barriers to abortion care. Reproductive rights are about healthcare access for all, not for some,’ he says.

Dual US-Australian citizen and MSI Australia health communications officer Brenna Bernardino is expected to speak at the Melbourne rally.

‘I flew in from Texas just before Roe v Wade was overturned and soon I will travel back to Texas where there is practically an outright ban on abortion,’ she said.

‘Criminalising abortion doesn’t stop abortions, it just forces people to access them illegally or travel long distances. It impacts people’s mental health and increases fear.’

Roe v Wade was a landmark 1973 decision where the US Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution of the United states protects a person’s liberty to have an abortion

It was overturned by the conservative majority court last month – paving the way for US states to go their own way.

Demonstrators staging a protest at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne on Saturday

Demonstrators staging a protest at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne on Saturday

Protestors waved placards on the steps of the State Library of Victoria, in Melbourne, on Saturday

Protestors waved placards on the steps of the State Library of Victoria, in Melbourne, on Saturday

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