Meghan Markle says men need to be 'more vocal' in wake of Roe v Wade

Meghan Markle says men need to be ‘more vocal’ in wake of SCOTUS’ Roe v Wade decision and describes Prince Harry’s reaction to the news as ‘guttural’ in Vogue interview with Gloria Steinem

  • The Duchess of Sussex and Gloria Steinem spoke to writer Jessica Yellin about their reaction to Friday’s Supreme Court decision
  • Steinem, 88, told how she had an abortion in London and thanked the doctor for enabling her to live her life and fulfill her potential 
  • Markle, 40, said it was time ‘to channel that fear into action’ and urged men and women to vote in the November midterms 

Meghan Markle has urged men to be ‘more vocal’ with their anger at the repealing of Roe v. Wade, as she revealed that Prince Harry’s response to the news on Friday was ‘guttural’.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, spoke to Vogue magazine in conversation with author and activist Gloria Steinem, 88, and journalist Jessica Yellin.

Steinem declared the day after Friday’s ruling that she would welcome women traveling to New York for an abortion into her own Manhattan home. 

She said that her husband was a feminist, and he reacted with anger to the Supreme Court’s decision.

Markle said that all men need to join women in the fight to protect abortion rights. 

‘Men need to be vocal in this moment and beyond because these are decisions that affect relationships, families, and communities at large,’ she said. 

‘They may target women, but the consequences impact all of us. 

‘My husband and I talked about that a lot over the past few days. He’s a feminist too.’

The Duchess of Sussex and Gloria Steinem are seen in 2020, speaking in a California garden. This week the pair spoke to Vogue about the repealing of Roe v. Wade 

Steinem, who was approached by Markle in 2020, when the Duchess realized that she was sheltering during the pandemic near their California home, said she could confirm that Harry was deeply interested in women’s rights.

She called the pair ‘chosen family’. 

‘His reaction last week was guttural, like mine,’ Markle said. 

‘I know that for so many women right now, there is a sentiment of despair. But again, we have to band together and not wallow. We have to do the work.’ 

Steinem told the story of her own abortion, performed in London, which she said allowed her to live the life she chose.

The Ohio native moved to New York in 1960, and in 1971 famously launched Ms. Magazine – the first publication to be owned and operated by women. 

She has been at the forefront of women’s rights for over 50 years, and, asked what she would do to help, told The New York Post on Saturday: ‘Everything from the small effort to say, ‘I have a guest room if you need to come to New York state, you can stay here.’ Which of course is limited since it’s only one room. 

‘But at least it’s something that I can offer.’

Steinem told Vogue that Meghan and Harry speaking out about the issue was vital.

‘It’s very, very, very important,’ she said. 

‘Because what they both have is trust. We trust them and nothing but nothing replaces trust. It is the most important quality or attribute. We can see things on television and not believe them or not trust them. 

‘But when people like these two tell us, then we trust it.’ 

Los Angeles-born Markle said that now was a time that ‘requires unity’.

She said what was needed was ‘really listening to people, understanding the Constitution was written at a time when women were second-class citizens.’ 

She added: ‘I think it’s equally about honoring the people who’ve been doing the work long before us, like Gloria. 

‘I’m grateful that I’m holding a baton right there next to her and that we will continue to be doing this work together.’

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