Meghan Markle breaks royal protocol by talking about the US abortion ban

Meghan Markle breaks royal protocol by talking about the US abortion ban

“Their physical safety is being put in danger.”

In breaking royal protocol, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, spoke out about the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, which had protected a woman’s right to an abortion in the US.

Meghan claimed that the decision, which would prevent women from getting abortions in 13 US states and severely restrict access in many more, is already having an impact on women all around the nation.

“Women are already sharing stories of how their physical safety is being put in danger,” she told Vogue, adding that women of color are especially at risk.

“Women with resources will travel to get an abortion, those without might attempt to give themselves one at tremendous risk.”

In a crisis, she said, pregnant women, will be “at the mercy” of doctors and lawyers, who will get to decide whether or not an abortion—which in some cases can save the mother’s life—is even allowed.

“What does this tell women? It tells us that our physical safety doesn’t matter, and as a result that we don’t matter. But we do. Women matter,” the royal continued.

This idea inspired her to phone feminist icon and friend Gloria Steinem so they might use their “anger” to change the world through activism.

The duchess also noted that the abortion restriction might be the start of a “blueprint for reversing rights” in the US, which might include ban access to ban future same-sex marriage laws in the future.

She urged people to vote in the US midterm elections in November in favor of the things that matter to them, such as women’s reproductive rights.

The duchess is aware of how deeply personal pregnancy and childbirth are because she shares two children with Prince Harry, Archie, and Lilibet and because she had a painful miscarriage in 2020.

But she passed no judgment on women who seek terminations, saying: “Frankly, whether it’s a woman being put in an unthinkable situation, a woman not ready to start a family, or even a couple who deserve to plan their family in a way that makes the most sense for them, it’s about having a choice.”

Her remarks show a major break from royal protocol, which has always required that members of the British monarchy refrain from commenting on political affairs.

But dedicated fans of the duchess wouldn’t be surprised, as Meghan has always been a fervent feminist and outspoken supporter of women’s rights. Meghan married Prince Harry in 2018, but she has been a feminist ever since.

Just be aware that other royal family members aren’t likely to remark on the US abortion ban anytime soon because they usually stay away from US politics altogether.


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