Vanderpump Rules star Katie Maloney is reflecting on the recent reversal of Roe v. Wade, a decision she calls “inhumane.” Katie, who is divorcing Tom Schwartz, is one of many celebrities who have spoken out about the Supreme Court decision. Last year, the Bravo star revealed she had an abortion early on in her relationship with Tom.
Katie decided to disclose her abortion amid her and Tom’s fertility struggles, which were documented on Vanderpump Rules season 9. The procedure occurred before she was cast on the Bravo series. Katie, who was in her early twenties at the time, talked about how different her life would be without it. Though still married to Tom at the time, the former waitress remarked that she would’ve ended up as a single mom. She discussed her decision to go public during the explosive reunion episode, filmed a few months before her marriage ended. Now, after the major blow for abortion rights, she is opening up about it even more.
Katie spoke about the ruling in a Wednesday, July 6 interview with Page Six. “We knew that this was happening because they’ve been laying the groundwork,” Katie, who is dating again after Tom, remarked. Still, she described it as “a sucker punch.” Calling her abortion a “difficult” and “critical” choice, she said, “Now it’s trying to wrap your head around the fact that there’s laws around a health care choice like that.” Sometimes, the Utah native added, “it’s not even a choice; it’s a life-or-death decision,” as even wanted pregnancies can “become non-viable” and/or “life-threatening.” The reality star expressed disbelief that “so many people would have opinions about something that is just so sensitive.” She opined, “No matter how much you try to explain to people who are against [abortion]…they have their system of beliefs. And that’s totally fine! But to try to impose that on someone else’s decisions and life choices is inhumane in a lot of ways, and it feels just not fair.”
Katie, who moved from her and Tom’s house, also spoke about what to do now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned. She encouraged having a “healthy discussion” about abortion, and to “provide as much information in a way that’s not argumentative or heated.” She added, “Approaching it in a way that is compassionate and loving, I think, can go a long way.” Katie also encouraged voting, particularly at the state level.
While her stance on abortion is timely, the divorcée has long advocated for important issues on the show. She previously stood up for herself against body-shaming by James Kennedy. She also objected to a prank set up by Lala Kent’s then-fiancé Randall Emmett using police officers to stage a fake arrest. This particular incident lead to a nasty blowup between Katie and Tom. After witnessing fights like that, fans of Vanderpump Rules weren’t shocked by the divorce announcement. Now, they can look forward to watching single Katie.
Source: Page Six
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Author: Madeline Lylo