Abbie Chatfield slams influencers for “silence” on American abortion ruling

"They're scared of being political."
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Abbie Chatfield has hit out at influencers for not speaking up after the US Supreme Court overturned the Roe v Wade case, which granted US women the right to terminate a pregnancy.

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The landmark case was overturned on Saturday and sent shockwaves around the world, with many claiming the move was a terrifying regression of women’s rights in the US.

Abbie herself called the decision “barbaric” and shared her anger on Instagram, in a post where she said she “cried herself to sleep” over the decision and in a series of Instagram Stories.

Then she took fellow influencers to task for cheering her on in private, but staying silent on the issue on their own large platforms.

“Getting really bored of having random influencers [clapping hands] react to my stories or DM me about political issues constantly saying ‘yes girl!!!’ but never posting because they’re scared of being political,” she wrote.

Abbie called out fellow influencers for not speaking out. (Credit: Instagram)

“Your silence is deafening lol. I still think you’re a lemon for not posting. A clap react won’t change that.”

It’s widely known that some influencers avoid political or hot button topics so as to avoid alienating any of their audience, a ‘don’t rock the boat’ strategy that helps them maintain as much popularity as possible.

It clearly doesn’t sit well with Abbie, who has never shied away from speaking her mind and getting political.

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Just hours prior, Abbie took to Instagram with a moving post about her own experience with abortion when she was just 23.

The former Bachelor star shared this photo, where she was six weeks pregnant. (Credit: Instagram)

“This is me the day before I had my abortion, at the earliest stage you can realistically tell that you’re even pregnant,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself at six week pregnant.

“Thankfully, I had access to safe abortion literally the day after finding out that I was pregnant. I remember not sleeping the night before the procedure, worried that I had missed the cut off date, and I would have to carry a child to term.

“I was 23, and had a decent job, but I did not want a child, and that was reason enough. It wasn’t an easy decision but it was the right decision.”

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Her post garnered thousands of likes and supportive comments, including plenty from her former Bachelor and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here co-stars.

MAFS alum Domenica Calarco was inspired to share her own experience. (Credit: Instagram)

But the most surprising response came from Married At First Sight alum Domenica Calarco, who revealed her own experience with termination in the comments.

“Thank you for sharing your experience,” she began.

“I’ve often felt very apprehensive of sharing my very own experience because of the taboo nature that surrounds abortion. I cried this morning when I saw the news. I have no words.”

If you or someone you know has been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, help is always available. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website. For support and resources regarding abortion in Australia, visit the Health Direct website.

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