Roe v. Wade failed to meet the true needs of women: think tank CEO


The move to legalize abortion failed to meet the true needs of women and instead promoted the abortion needed for women’s social participation, Australia’s CEO of an independent think tank claimed.

This comment was made after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, regaining the ability of the state government to make abortion decisions, and upholding Mississippi law, which makes most abortions illegal after 15 weeks of gestation. It will be done in a week.

On June 27, Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese took part in a controversial issue and called capsizing “a woman’s setback and the right to control her body and life.”

However, Rachel Wong, CEO of the Australian Women’s Forum, who studies issues affecting women, said, “The opposite is true, and it was Law himself who was a retreat in women’s rights. It was. “

“Easy access to abortion has stagnated women’s rights and welfare progress by removing the incentives to tackle the underlying problems that drive them to seek abortion in the first place,” she told the Epoch Times.

Some of the issues that remain unresolved include lack of financial or emotional support, affordable housing, inflexible research or workplace arrangements, and domestic violence, Wong said. Pointed out.

Mr. Wong, who is also a deputy lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Notradam University, said As a result, she added that she suffers from “obsolete” and “unfair” systems that are not designed to support herself and her children during pregnancy and motherhood.

“This also gave the lie that abortion is necessary for women’s equal participation in society and that children are an obstacle to women’s success and prosperity.”

and Commentary At the Women’s Forum on June 26, Mr. Wong interpreted the Roe v. Wade case as “a politically motivated decision and the US Constitution does not have the right to abortion, making it the most tolerant abortion law in the United States. Brought some of them. ” in the world. “

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Protesters meet outside the Supreme Court at a rally against the June 24 decision to abolish the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision in Washington on June 25, 2022. (Nathan Worcester / Epoch Times)

Roe v. Wade revive discussions in Australia

The Roe v. Wade ruling has triggered protests in the United States and Australia.

In the first week of July, thousands of people marched through big Australian cities such as Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane, where “our body is our choice” and “forced childbirth”. I had a placard with a slogan such as “A Tool of White Supreme Principle”.

Although the “right to abortion” is not legally established in Australia, all Australian states have made abortion non-criminal, and in Victoria and Queensland there are abortions up to birth and abortion by gender choice. It has been legalized.

The number of abortions is increasing in the country and is estimated 73,800 abortions It will be held in 2018.

In South Australia, 95% of all abortions are selective and are done for “mental health reasons”. 4% are due to fetal abnormalities and 1% are for medical reasons. Residents of the metropolitan area make up 83 percent of all abortions in the state.

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Protesters carry placards marching down the streets of the Central Business District on July 2, 2022, during a rally in support of the right to abortion in Sydney, Australia. (Muhammad Farooq / AFP via Getty Images)

“Now it’s a good time to counter the anger and fear that many women feel and to have a compassionate and constructive dialogue on this issue,” Wong told The Epoch Times, which is currently focusing on abortion. ..

She said Australians should unite to better support women facing unintended pregnancies.

Wong said the overthrow of the Roe v. Wade case could bring about “a positive cultural change in how the United States treats pregnant women and their fetuses” and could have a “spillover effect” in Australia. I was hoping.

Nina Nguyen


Nina Nguyen is a Sydney-based reporter. She covers Australian news with a focus on social, cultural and identity issues. She is fluent in Vietnamese. Contact her at [email protected].