Robyn Lawley has shared intimate details of her abortion as she warns women are losing their rights in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade. Posting to Instagram on Sunday, the Australian model, 33, posed nude with ‘my body my choice’ written across her stomach.
In her caption, the mother-of-one described how she was forced to terminate a pregnancy that posed a risk to her life. ‘After letting it sink in for a night I’m still so shocked and sickened by yesterday’s decision just know this is the start of your rights being stricken!’ she wrote.
‘After the birth of my daughter I was extremely sick – I had 2 strokes due to Lupus and APS. I continued living with lupus for years I always planned being a mother with many children however I knew my body would not be able to carry another.
‘I was also told by doctors that I could have another stroke and I was having seizures. I became pregnant and had to make the decision of abortion – it was a horrible hard decision to make, however I knew my body was unable to carry another.’
She continued: ‘That decision is the mother’s to make, and although mine was a medical decision, if you are not ready to become a mother that should also be counted. Becoming a mother is a very big step in a person’s life and we should be wanting that step, not forced into it.
‘Although now I have my lupus/APS in remission, I suddenly realised that in Texas for example, those times I became pregnant with active lupus/APS I would have no other decision expect bear the child.
‘And probably dying half way through the pregnancy essentially killing both mother and fetus or becoming more incapacitated. I of course would fly home to Australia, I have the means what would a 19-year-old woman do that’s unemployed and homeless? Go to jail or risk her life!’
In 2017, Robyn revealed she and and her lawyer partner Everest Schmidt won’t have any more children. The glamorous catwalk queen said she wouldn’t put her health at risk following a difficult pregnancy with daughter Ripley, now seven, in 2015.
The US Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that have been in place for nearly 50 years by deciding to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling. Power has now been handed back to individual states to decide whether or not to permit the procedure.
Women with unwanted pregnancies in America will now face the choice of traveling to another state where the procedure remains legal and available, buying abortion pills online or having a potentially dangerous illegal abortion. In an address at the White House, President Joe Biden said it was ‘a sad day for the court and the country’.