It's been a few days since the US Supreme Court made the decision to overturn Roe v Wade – taking away legal access to termination for millions of people – and American citizens, as well as people across the globe, are still coming to terms with what this means. One such person is Prince Harry who, according to wife Meghan Markle, had a "guttural" reaction to the news.
"He’s a feminist," Meghan said of Harry as she chatted to Vogue – alongside feminist icon Gloria Steinem – about the US Supreme Court's move. "His reaction last week was guttural, like mine."
"Men need to be vocal in this moment and beyond because these are decisions that affect relationships, families and communities at large," she added. "They may target women, but the consequences impact all of us. My husband and I talked about that a lot over the past few days."
Despite feeling utterly devastated by Roe v Wade being overturned, the Duchess of Sussex highlighted the importance of keeping up the fight. "I know that for so many women right now, there is a sentiment of despair. But again, we have to band together and not wallow. We have to do the work," she implored.
"This moment requires unity – really listening to people, understanding the Constitution was written at a time when women were second-class citizens. We’re not," the Duchess said. "Certain things need to change," she stressed, pointing out that women like Gloria have been fighting this fight for decades. "I’m grateful that I’m holding a baton right there next to her and that we will continue to be doing this work together."
Meghan went on, "I always look at things with the undercurrent of hope. If you are someone who truly believes that there can be something better, if you’re someone who sees injustice, you have a choice: you can sit there and be complacent and watch it, or you can say, 'What can I do to get us to the other side of this?'"
Roe v Wade was a landmark decision made in 1973 that legalised abortion throughout the US. The ruling allowed women across the country to have total autonomy in terminating a pregnancy during the first trimester, and allowed the state to have some influence in abortions during the second and third trimesters.
But, without Roe v Wade being in place, whether or not Americans can access abortion depends primarily on where they live, as it is now up to individual states regulate if, how and where citizens can access abortion.
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