How Celebrities Reacted After Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade
After the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a number of prominent women in the entertainment industry have spoken out.
On June 24th, the Supreme Court reversed their historic verdict that upheld a woman’s right to an abortion by a vote of 6-3. This judgement comes after the Supreme Court’s plans to reverse the ruling were exposed in a leaked draught opinion back in May.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the opinion, “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” It is time to follow the Constitution and let the people’s representatives decide on abortion.
Celebrities were quick to weigh in on the pullback via social media once the news surfaced.
Sophia Bush: “They will never end abortion. Only safe abortion. This is not about life. It’s about control. Those motherf–kers.”
Lea Thompson: “GUNS HAVE MORE RIGHTS THEN MY DAUGHTERS.”
Padma Lakshmi: “People will still get abortions. These procedures won’t stop just because Roe v. Wade is overturned. This will only prevent safe, legal abortions from taking place. People who have the money, time, and resources will still find avenues for their procedures. But the most vulnerable of our community? What choices are those individuals, who are mostly BIPOC, left with? This is the catalyst for a public health crisis. The right to decide when to start a family or not is a choice every individual should be able to make on their terms when the time is right for them. This freedom and dignity is something we should all fight to preserve.”
Glennon Doyle: “Comfort to every human being who feels afraid right now. i feel afraid too. it is okay to feel afraid and tender now. soon, the anger returns and we fight like bloody hell. first the pain, then the mother f–king rising.”
Aly & AJ: “Sad day to be an American between Roe vs. Wade & NYC gun laws being struck down.”
Shonda Rhimes: “This is actually happening.”
Meena Harris: “Now I get to tell my daughters that we have to fight harder so we can have the same rights as guns.”
Ariana DeBose: “I have nothing nice to say at this moment in time.”
Viola Davis: “And so it goes….Gutted. Now more than ever we have to use our voice and power! WE the people.”
Nicola Coughlan: “Banning abortion doesn’t stop abortion, it stops safe, legal abortion. Governments have no place telling people what to do with their bodies.”
Barack Obama: “Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.”
Rachel Zegler: “Why the f–k don’t you care about us? why the f–k do you think you have any say over our bodies?”
Josh Gad: You don’t need 280 characters today. Just one word: Rage
Andy Cohen: “What a sad day for this country. Guns for everybody and no reproductive rights. Twisted. Twisted.”
Hillary Clinton: “Most Americans believe the decision to have a child is one of the most sacred decisions there is, and that such decisions should remain between patients and their doctors. Today’s Supreme Court opinion will live in infamy as a step backward for women’s rights and human rights.”
Keke Palmer: “I’m past disgusted w/ my country and their constant inability to protect one another’s right & keep their word. How u overturning the wrong things? So many things to overturn that make sense. But this is what you chose??”
FINNEAS: “I don’t even know what to say other than absolutely fuck this.”
Michelle Obama: “I am heartbroken today. I am heartbroken for people around this country who just lost the fundamental right to make informed decisions about their own bodies. I am heartbroken that we may now be destined to learn the painful lessons of a time before Roe was made law of the land, a time when women risked losing their lives getting illegal abortions. A time when the government denied women control over their reproductive functions, forced them to move forward with pregnancies they didn’t want, and then abandoned them once their babies were born. That is what our mothers and grandmothers and great grandmothers lived through, and now here we are again…This moment is difficult, but our story does not end here. It may not feel like we are able to do much right now, but we can. And we must.”
Taylor Swift: “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”