British Asian Women react to US Abortion Ruling

DESIblitz takes a look at how British Asian women have reacted to the US Supreme Court’s overturning of the constitutional right to abortion.

British Asian Women react to US Abortion Ruling - f

“Only democratic majorities can protect our rights.”

The US Supreme Court ruling overturned the constitutional right to abortion.

The decision was made after a report that the US Supreme Court might overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked in early May.

According to President Joe Biden, the decision was a “tragic blunder” that had set the nation back 150 years.

Several celebrities including Priyanka Chopra and prominent figures such as US Vice President Kamala Harris have expressed their disappointment over the ruling on social media.

In response to the abortion ruling, Coventry South MP Zarah Sultana took to Twitter and wrote:

“Sending love and solidarity to everyone in the United States whose lives are now endangered by the overturning of Roe vs. Wade.

“The Supreme Court entrenches the misogynistic and racist Republican project for minority rule.

“Only democratic majorities can protect our rights.”

British Asian artist Rajvi, also known as Shaw, reshared a Tweet from Mohamad Safa on Instagram which read:

“When the penalty for aborting after rape is more severe than the penalty for rape, that’s when you know it’s a war on women.”

Several British Asian figures, including model Neelam Gill and beauty influencer and podcaster Anchal Seda, also shared a Tweet from Anne Ursu which read:

“Fun fact: In addition to being wives and daughters and mothers and sisters and grandmas and aunties, women are also people.”

The British-Asian-led Instagram brand, The Indian Feminist said: “A rapist won’t be given a forced vasectomy but a rape victim will have to grow, carry and birth a baby against her will. Make it make sense.”

Sharan Dhaliwal, the founder of Burnt Roti Mag and Oh Queer Cupid, took to her social media handles to share:

“More people with uteruses saying no to sexual advances for fear of getting pregnant = more violence enacted against them.”

In a later post, she wrote: “I have had 3 abortions in my life. While I’m appreciative that I don’t live in the US (for many reasons), I am aware of how complicated it is to get safe abortions in the UK.

“From needing two GP’s for sign-off, safety for queer and trans ppl and travel is still compulsory for many.”

In a series of Tweets, British Asian journalist Ash Sarkar reacted to the US abortion ruling:

“Contraception and abortion underpin women’s ability to fully participate in society. For us to work, live, and love how we choose.”

In another Tweet, she wrote: “Violence may not be acceptable, but I swear to god, if my right to decide if and when to have a child was taken away from me, I would dedicate the rest of my life to kicking every man who’d been a part of that decision square in the knackers.”

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion restrictions were put into place immediately in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

At least 13 states already have legislation that forbids abortions or will do so shortly.

Unless the procedure is carried out in the case of a medical emergency, Missouri punishes anybody who performs an abortion with a five- to 15-year prison sentence.

Public indignation over the US Supreme Court decision continues to grow.

Ravinder is a Journalism BA graduate. She has a strong passion for all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. She also likes to watch films, read books and travel.