Overthrow of Roe v Wade a ‘step back for women’ in the US

Deputy Liberal Leader Sussan Ley says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade ruling on abortion rights is a “step back for women” in the United States.

“I come back to two things on this subject. One is that education for young women, rural and regional women and women from all walks of life is absolutely paramount and of course that starts at school with good guidance,” Ms Ley told Sky News Australia.

“But I also agree with Bill Clinton that abortion should be safe, legal and rare,” she said.

“This is a step back for women in the US. I’m uncomfortable with anything that puts a personal and sensitive issue that a woman has to struggle with in many cases – or with which a family has to struggle – in the same sense as criminal.

“We must always approach these issues with sensitivity and respect.”