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I’m a 52-year-old Australian woman who has been living in the US for the past four years with my husband and four children. Today I cried my last tears for this country.
I cried the day 20 six-year-olds were gunned down in a Sandy Hook classroom. I cried the day Trump was elected, and we weren’t even officially living here at that point. I cried almost every day as we watched 600,000 people unnecessarily die around us from COVID. I cried, glued to the screen during the Brett Kavanaugh hearing while I witnessed the bravery of Christine Blasey Ford.
And I cried the night Ruth Bader Ginsburg died because I saw this for America, this dystopian future where I would one day wake up to an Apple news alert informing me, and millions of other women across the globe, that Roe v. Wade had been overturned.
Watch: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's speech on Roe V Wade being overturned. Post continues after video.
Roe v. Wade being the 1973 landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States generally protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion.
Watching the Kavanaugh hearing, I saw him squirm in his seat and fumble over a question aimed at him by the now Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris.
"Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?" He had no answer because there was none.
I logged on to Twitter in the US this morning and the rage was palpable. But I’ve seen this rage before, time and time again. I’ve witnessed it firsthand. I’ve lived in LA as I watched it burn down around me during the Black Lives Matter protests. I’ve watched rallies and marches for common-sense gun laws. I’ve watched women march across the country just to hold on to the rights that they had spent decades 'securing'.