"Heartbreaking": Celebrities and Politicians React to Roe v. Wade Being Overturned

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"Keep Your Laws Off My Body" Poster 1989 March for Women's Equality
"Keep Your Laws Off My Body" Poster 1989 March for Women's Equality

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On June 24, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade precedent set in 1973. Under the 6-3 SCOTUS decision, abortion rights are no longer protected by the federal government. Almost 50 years since the landmark case upheld every person's right to choose, each individual state will now decide who can and can't have access to reproductive healthcare. Thirteen states already have trigger laws in place to completely ban abortion, and nearly half are predicted to ban abortions or put stricter restrictions into place.

Following the decision, celebrities and politicians began using their platforms to share their thoughts, stories, and resources on social media. Actress and mother of two Sophie Turner posted a video to her Instagram Story condemning the SCOTUS's regressive decision.

"Overturning Roe V. Wade is setting us back 50 years," she said into the camera. "This isn't going to save any lives. It's going to kill and endanger millions of women who are going to end up getting backstreet abortions, dangerous backstreet abortions, and end up dying from it."

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She continued, "And if this was actually about saving lives, if anyone cared about saving lives then after any of the mass shootings that have happened here in the United States we would have gun control. It's not about saving lives, it's about controlling a woman's body and controlling a woman's right to choose. And it's absolutely fucking disgusting."

Gabrielle Union also shared several resources with her Instagram followers, posting a flyer that read, "The fight isn't over. Join a rally in your area to demand control over our bodies, our lives, and our futures. Text ACCESS to 22422 BansOff.org."

She also included a slide with a list of actions that people can take like donating to and supporting local organizations.

Gabrielle Union Instagram Story Reproductive Rights Resources
Gabrielle Union Instagram Story Reproductive Rights Resources

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Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama shared a statement on Instagram that read, "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."

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Meanwhile, Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen delivered a blunt message to the five justices who voted to repeal Roe v. Wade during their joint performance of "F— You" at Glastonbury Festival over the weekend.

"I'm devastated and terrified. So many women and so many girls are going to die because of this," Rodrigo told the audience, adding: "I wanted to dedicate this next song to the five members of the Supreme Court who have showed us that at the end of the day, they truly don't give a shit about freedom. This song goes out to the justices: Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh. We hate you!"

Vogue also enlisted celebrities for a series of essays on their experiences with abortion. In her contribution, Halsey described her endometriosis and multiple miscarriages (something that she's been open about in her music) and detailed the aftercare she had to go through after she lost a pregnancy.

"One of my miscarriages required 'aftercare,' a gentle way of saying that I would need an abortion, because my body could not terminate the pregnancy completely on its own and I would risk going into sepsis without medical intervention," she wrote. "During this procedure, I cried. I was afraid for myself and I was helpless. I was desperate to end the pregnancy that was threatening my life."

She also explained that after she gave birth to her son in 2021, she re-wrote her will after realizing how dangerous the birth process is.

"After my past experiences, I was prepared for the worst. I gave detailed instructions regarding the donation of my organs should I die or be declared brain-dead, meaning if my heart beat on but my brain wasn't functioning, the state would have permission to cut into my warm and still flush flesh and take my organs to save other lives. How funny that while my own heart would amount to nothing more than a series of involuntary movements on an operating table, a beating heart in my womb could mean I couldn't consent to saving my own life," she added. "My abortion saved my life and gave way for my son to have his. Every person deserves the right to choose when, if, and how they have this dangerous and life-altering experience. I will hold my son in one arm, and fight with all my might with the other."

Here are more responses to the SCOTUS's ruling that abortion is not a constitutionally protected right.

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