Last week Joe Biden condemned a Supreme Court decision not to block a new Texas law banning most abortions in the state, and directed federal agencies to do what they can to “insulate women and providers” from the impact.
The deeply divided court allowed the law to remain in force in the nation’s biggest abortion curb since the court legalised the operation nationwide half a century ago.
The court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers and others but suggested the order was not likely to be the last word and other challenges could be brought.
The president said his administration will launch a “whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision” and look at “what steps the federal government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions”.
He said women should be protected from “the impact of Texas’s bizarre scheme of outsourced enforcement to private parties”.
Mr Biden, who has come under pressure from Democrats to expand the size of the Supreme Court, has ordered a review of the court which is due next month.
The Texas law, signed by Republican governor Greg Abbott in May, prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks and before many women know they are pregnant.
In response to this move and the wider abortion debate Thunberg took to Twitter to share a chart about the reasons why women have abortions.
She tweeted to her 5 million follows a pie chart that powerfully and bluntly lists the biggest reason for women deciding to get an abortion as “personal choice” at 60 per cent, a blunt expletive “F**k off” at 22 per cent, with “Not your concern” at 10 per cent and “Mind your business” at 8 per cent.
The reasons why women have abortions: pic.twitter.com/KGiWtMtLnq— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 3, 2021
This is ☄️ https://t.co/02DlzKgOda— Sian Berry (@sianberry) September 3, 2021
This is the best thing I have ever seen on abortion— Jennifer Linn (@JenniferLinn17) September 3, 2021
Greta, you impressed me when I first found out about you when you were about 12 or 13. You continue to impress me.
Thank you for all your hard work, for our planet. ❤
Very good, Greta! It’s right. Every woman has the right to decide if she wants to be mother or not, it’s her body, and her decission.— Franco Muñoz (@FrancoMunozHer) September 3, 2021
Way to be Greta, you tell them. Thanks for being an inspiration, my girls(3 and 6) will hopefully look to you as a role model. I know I’d be proud of you as a parent, I’m sure yours are as well.— Mr Fox (@MattPenneymd) September 3, 2021
As ever there were also a lot of people lining up to slag her off, which is a common problem for the climate activist.
Why the hell is she weighing in on this https://t.co/qqZ2gv8Bhl— Politics Viewer (@viewer_politics) September 3, 2021
I would have thought the reason she gave would be because of climate change.— Goldie Blonde ??? (@GoldCoastBlonde) September 3, 2021
I see the climate change bus is in for a service https://t.co/EE8cLT10fE— Trubs (@Mr_Trubshawe) September 4, 2021
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