Katherine Deves quits Twitter after questioning if women should be referred to ‘womb-havers’
Rejected Liberal candidate Katherine Deves again deleted her Twitter account after posting another controversial tweet about transgender women.
Ms Deves, who was defeated in the Warringah seat by independent Zali Steggall in last month’s federal election, seemed sarcastically to question whether women should be called “uterine carriers,” “people-with-vaginas” or “birth bodies.” . †
Her message was: in response to a tweet from ABC radio host Patricia Karvelas about the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade on Friday.
The landmark 1973 decision recognized Americans’ constitutional right to abortion and legalized it nationwide.
Katherine Deves (pictured) deleted her Twitter account after she was criticized for another controversial tweet targeting transgender women
The rejected Liberal candidate sarcastically questioned whether women should be referred to as ‘wombs’, ‘people-with-vaginas’ or ‘birth-bodies’ in response to a message from ABC radio host Patricia Karvelas
“My heart breaks for the women of America #RoeVWade,” Karvelas wrote on Saturday.
Mrs. Deves later replied, writing, “Don’t you mean ‘uterine carriers’, ‘people-with-vaginas’ or ‘bodies in labor’?”
Her post was widely criticized on Twitter, with Australians criticizing the tweet for being transphobic and inappropriate in the wake of the US court ruling.
†Read the room and shut up Katherine,” someone wrote.
“Imagine that Deves and (Amanda) Stoker were in Parliament. This country certainly dodged a bullet,” commented another.
A third added: ‘Katherine Deves once again shows what a destructively mean woman she is. Today of every day she chooses to post this publicly.’
“Didn’t we throw you in the trash in the last election?” asked one critic.
Protesters outside the Supreme Court were a day after they learned that Roe v. Wade had been quashed. The landmark 1973 decision recognized Americans’ constitutional right to abortion and legalized it nationwide
Karvelas also responded to Ms. Deves, berating her for her comment.
†Imagine using this moment in the US to push your own agenda on something that affects a minority of vulnerable people,” she wrote.
Ms. Deves later fired back, claiming that her opponents were hypocritical about the definition of a woman.
“The Australian left is not kind enough to be pointed out to their hypocrisy,” she wrote.
‘Suddenly they all remember what a woman is when it is politically expedient.’
Ms. Deves deleted her account after posting that tweet.
Patricia Karvelas (pictured) said the controversial Liberal candidate used ‘this moment’ in the US to push an agenda ‘for something that affects a minority of vulnerable people’
Ms Deves responded back to the criticism of her tweet. She claimed her opponents were hypocritical
It is not the first time that the rejected Liberal candidate has been criticized online for her comments.
Historic tweets appeared in the run-up to last month’s election where she described: transgender children as ‘surgically mutilated and sterilized’.
She also compared lobbying to prevent transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports to championing the Holocaust and transgender rights for the Nazis and the stolen generation.
Ms Deves tweeted in April 2021 about a lawsuit in which a Canadian father was taken to court for failing to support his teen through the transition.
“This will go down in history as akin to the grudges of the Third Reich,” she wrote.
‘I don’t like to invoke Nazism, but the parallels are remarkable and deeply sinister.
“We can only hope that when society comes to its senses, it will be redeemed through trials similar to those of the Nazi woman and the border guards.”
Ms Deves (pictured) had divided the Liberal party over her controversial remarks in the run-up to last month’s election
Five months later, Ms Deves overturned a decision by a Western Australian court to dismiss an appeal from parents whose transgender child had been placed in foster care.
“Australia has a very murky history of children being taken from their families by the state (because) bureaucrats thought they knew better,” she wrote.
“Don’t we owe it to lessons from the past, like our shameful Stolen Generation scandal, to stop the destruction of families for flawed beliefs?”
Ms Deves apologized for some of her posts, saying her comments were “not acceptable.”
“My advocacy for the rights and safety of women and girls is well known, and I stand by my desire to ensure that we protect the safety of women and girls and our entire community,” she said in a statement.
“However, the language I used was not acceptable, and I apologize for that.”
But she later retracted the apology and doubled down on her widely condemned statements.