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Grace Tame condemns the US Supreme Court’s anti-abortion ruling 

Grace Tame reveals harrowing new details about her rape at the hands of a 58-year-old pedophile as she overturns US Supreme Court decision to overturn abortion laws: ‘For some, our femininity is taken before we have it’

  • Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame condemned the Roe v. Wade ruling
  • She wrote that not everyone has a ‘choice’ whether they have unprotected sex
  • Overturned Roe v. Wade Case Means Abortion Is No Longer a Protected Right
  • Individual states in the US now have the power to ban or legalize abortion

Grace Tame has revealed that before being raped by her high school teacher, she had only had four periods — while condemning the US Supreme Court’s anti-abortion ruling.

The former Australian of the Year shared the devastating detail about her abuse on Saturday night, adding that the abortion ruling had meant women were no longer free.

“Part of democracy has died today. Women’s sense of freedom. Worldwide,” she tweeted.

Grace Tame has revealed that before being raped by her high school teacher, she had only had four periods — while condemning the US Supreme Court's anti-abortion ruling

Grace Tame has revealed that before being raped by her high school teacher, she had only had four periods — while condemning the US Supreme Court’s anti-abortion ruling

Ms. Tame wrote that 'for some, our femininity has diminished before we even had it' in an emotional tweet (above) about the US Supreme Court overturning the Roe vs Wade ruling

Ms. Tame wrote that ‘for some, our femininity has diminished before we even had it’ in an emotional tweet (above) about the US Supreme Court overturning the Roe vs Wade ruling

“I might have had four periods before losing my virginity to a 58-year-old pedophile who raped me, sometimes without protection.

“For some, our femininity is taken from us before we have it. And that’s not a choice.’

The sexual abuse survivor disclosure came after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that strengthened women’s constitutional right to abortion by legalizing the procedure nationwide.

The ruling gives states the power to decide whether to ban abortions.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide (photo, protesters in Denver, Colorado)

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide (photo, protesters in Denver, Colorado)

A total of 13 states — Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming — have enacted “trigger laws” banning abortion almost immediately after the U.S. Supreme. Court ruling.

26 states are all expected to be “certain or probable” to ban the procedure.

This means that women with unwanted pregnancies will now be forced to either travel to another state where abortion is legal, buy abortion pills online, or seek dangerous illegal treatments to terminate their pregnancy.

Research shows that younger women, poorer women and African American women are likely to be the most disproportionately affected by an abortion ban.

Rachel Jones, a senior researcher with the pro-choice research group at the Guttmacher Institute, told BBC News: ‘The typical abortion patient is in their 20s, not very wealthy and having one or more children.’

Protesters in Los Angeles (above) took to the streets carrying flags and placards to protest the US Supreme Court's decision to reverse the Roe v. Wade ruling

Protesters in Los Angeles (above) took to the streets carrying flags and placards to protest the US Supreme Court’s decision to reverse the Roe v. Wade ruling

US President Joe Biden (above) said the battle over abortion rights is

US President Joe Biden (above) said the battle over abortion rights is “not over” and stated he would work to protect women’s right to cross state lines to seek a legal abortion

About 75 percent of women in the US who have an abortion are considered low-income or poor, based on the country’s official poverty definitions.

This means they are unlikely to be able to travel to seek safe termination of pregnancy procedures.

Reported abortion procedures in the US have declined significantly over the past decade, likely due to greater access to contraception and less sexual activity.

US President Joe Biden called the Supreme Court ruling “un-American” and called Friday “a sad day for the court and the country.”

Overturned Roe v. Wade ruling means jurisdiction to criminalize abortions will lie within individual states' jurisdictions (pictured, a protester's sign)

Overturned Roe v. Wade ruling means jurisdiction to criminalize abortions will lie within individual states’ jurisdictions (pictured, a protester’s sign)

Protesters in Los Angeles (above) marched to protest the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling

Protesters in Los Angeles (above) marched to protest the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling

He called the quashed statement “wrong, extreme and out of the blue”.

He accused the court of “expressly taking away a constitutional right that is so fundamental to so many Americans” and vowed that the battle for abortion rights “isn’t over.”

Biden also said he would fight to protect a woman’s right to have an abortion across state lines.

Ms. Tame is an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual violence.

She was raped and sexually assaulted by her former math teacher Nicolaas Bester, then 58, when she was just 15.

INDIVIDUAL STATES ABORTION LEGISLATION

‘TRIGGER’ LAWS

The following states have passed “trigger laws” banning abortion almost immediately after the overturn of the Roe v. Wade ruling.

  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • south dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

STATES THAT IMPOSED RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTION THIS YEAR

  • Kentucky
  • Oklahoma
  • south dakota

STATES THAT HAVE PROTECTED AGAINST ABORTION THIS YEAR

The chart above shows a map of which US states are most and least likely to ban abortions

The chart above shows a map of which US states are most and least likely to ban abortions

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