Meghan Markle has been pictured looking reflective and concerned following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last week.
In a picture made public by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nonprofit, Archewell, the Duchess is seated, clutching her phone to her mouth.
Following the seismic event, she was on the phone with feminist activist Gloria Steinem and journalist Jessica Yellin. Later, Jessica moderated a discussion between the two advocates about the decision and their own reproductive rights for Vogue.
What does this tell women? Meghan asked in reference to the women who will be impacted by the trigger laws in some states. It implies that we don’t matter because our physical safety is unimportant. Though we do. Women have value.
And this is one of the reasons I made an urgent call to Gloria. She constantly reminds me that when you’re angry, you need to direct your energy toward something that changes things. Activism is what it is. It’s about how we present ourselves.
The Duchess responded when asked what advice she would give to men who support reproductive rights: “Men need to be vocal in this moment and beyond because these are decisions that affect relationships, families, and communities as a whole. Although they may target women, the effects affect us all. The past few days, my husband and I have had numerous conversations about that. He is a feminist as well.
“Yes, I can attest to that since I met him before I met you,” Gloria continued. He was speaking up for people’s rights at a significant meeting I went to.
And, like mine last week, his response was guttural, Meghan continued. I am aware that despair is a feeling that many women are currently experiencing. But once more, we must unite and stop moping. We must put in the effort.
The former actress, who is married to Harry and has two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, also discussed how crucial it is to normalize discussions about abortion and women’s health. She said, “I reflect on how fortunate I felt to be able to have both of my children. “I am familiar with how it feels to be connected to what is developing inside your body.
“What happens to our bodies is so deeply personal, which even though so many of us deal with personal health crises, can also result in silence and stigma. I’ve spoken openly about my experience of miscarrying, so I understand how it feels.
“More people will understand how important it is to have protections in place as we normalize conversation about the things that affect our lives and bodies,”