Ms Deves, who was defeated in the seat of Warringah by independent Zali Steggall in last month’s federal election, appeared to sarcastically question whether women should be referred to as ‘womb-havers’, ‘people-with-vaginas’ or ‘birthing bodies’.
Her post was in response to a tweet from ABC radio host Patricia Karvelas about the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade on Friday.
The landmark 1973 decision recognised Americans’ constitutional right to abortion and legalised it nationwide.
Katherine Deves (pictured) deleted her Twitter account after she was slammed for another controversial tweet targeting transgender women
The rejected Liberal candidate sarcastically questioned if women should be referred to as ‘womb-havers’, ‘people-with-vaginas’ or ‘birthing bodies’ in response to a post from ABC radio host Patricia Karvelas
‘My heart breaks for the women of America #RoeVWade,’ Karvelas wrote on Saturday.
Ms Deves later replied, writing, ‘Don’t you mean “womb-havers”, “people-with-vaginas” or “birthing bodies”?’
Her post received a huge backlash on Twitter, with Australians criticising the tweet for being transphobic and inappropriate in the wake of the court ruling in the US.
‘Read the room and keep your mouth shut Katherine,’ one wrote.
‘Imagine if Deves and (Amanda) Stoker were in parliament. This country has dodged a bullet for sure,’ another commented.
A third added: ‘Katherine Deves once again showcasing what a destructively vile woman she is. On today of all days she chooses to publicly post this.’
‘Didn’t we already put you in the bin last election?’ questioned one critic.
Protesters outside the Supreme Court a day after learning Roe v. Wade had been overturned. The landmark 1973 decision recognised Americans’ constitutional right to abortion and legalised it nationwide
Karvelas also responded to Ms Deves, blasting her for her comment.
‘Imagine using this moment in the US to push your own agenda on something affecting a minority of vulnerable people,’ she wrote.
Ms Deves later fired back, claiming her detractors were being hypocritical about the definition of a woman.
‘The Australian left don’t take kindly to having their hypocrisy pointed out,’ she wrote.
‘Suddenly they all remember what a woman is when it’s politically expedient.’
Ms Deves deleted her account after making that tweet.
Patricia Karvelas (pictured) said the controversial Liberal candidate was ‘using this moment’ in the U.S. to push an agenda ‘on something affecting a minority of vulnerable people’
Ms Deves fired back to the criticism of her tweet. She claimed her detractors were being hypocritical
It is not the first time the rejected Liberal candidate has been blasted online for her comments.
Historic tweets emerged in the lead up to last month’s election where she described transgender children as ‘surgically mutilated and sterilised’.
She also compared lobbying to stop transgender athletes from competing in women’s sport to standing up against the Holocaust and transgender rights to the Nazis and the Stolen Generation.
Ms Deves tweeted in April 2021 about a trial where a Canadian father was taken to court for not supporting his teenager transitioning.
‘This will go down in history as akin to the grudge trials of the Third Reich,’ she wrote.
‘I do not like to invoke Nazism but the parallels are remarkable and deeply sinister.
‘We can only hope that when society comes to its senses, it’s redeemed by trials similar to the Nazi wife and the border guards.’
Ms Deves (pictured) had divided the Liberal party over her controversial comments in the lead up to last month’s election
Five months later, Ms Deves slammed a decision by a Western Australian court to dismiss an appeal by parents whose transgender child was put into foster care.
‘Australia has a very dark history of children being taken from their families by the state (because) bureaucrats thought they knew better,’ she wrote.
‘Don’t we owe it to lessons of the past, such as our shameful Stolen Generation scandal, to stop the destruction of families for flawed beliefs?’
Ms Deves apologised for some of her posts, saying that her comments were ‘not acceptable’.
‘My advocacy for the rights and safety of women and girls is well known, and I stand by my desire to ensure we protect the safety of women and girls and our entire community,’ she said in a statement.
‘However, the language I used was not acceptable, and for that I apologise.’
But she later took back the apology and doubled-down on her widely condemned statements.