‘War on women’ triggers protest

Mount Gambier residents have added their voices to the global groundswell of opposition to historic law changes in the United States of America, denying American women access to abortions.

While thousands rallied in capital cities across Australia on the weekend, a small but determined group came together in Mount Gambier to join the fight against the “war on women” currently taking place in the United States.

The rallies, which also spanned the globe, protested the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade case from 1973 which legally allowed women the choice to have an abortion.

Local resident and pro-choice rally activist Claire Moore took to the streets of Mount Gambier on Saturday to protest against the United States Supreme Court decision.

This left each US state to make their own decision on the matter with about half already deciding to remove the procedure.

Around 20 men and women joined Mrs Moore at Vansittart Park to march down the main street holding signs of protest.

Mrs Moore said she could not attend a protest in Adelaide, so she chose to bring the movement to the region and show support for other locals to join in the cause.

“I am a woman supporting women. I have a uterus and I need to stand up for other women because they no longer have a voice over there (in America), so we are giving them a voice over here,” she said.

“It does not affect our laws at this very point in time but who is to say that it is not going to.

“We are so fortunate to be able to live in a country and a state that can access abortions easily, but we cannot get too complacent.

“It is our body and it should be left up to us whether we want to go on with a pregnancy or prevent it for many reasons such as medical circumstances, sexual abuse or young age.”

A majority of the supreme court justices who voted 5-4 to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision were male, a decision Mrs Moore said made her ‘’furious” and “absolutely ropeable”.

“No man should be the one to make our decision for us, we have just travelled back in time,” she said.

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