When the US Supreme Court made the landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday June 24, women across America and all around the world took to social media to express their anger, disgust, sadness and outrage.
A range of celebrities and high-profile women spoke out over the decision, as they grieved the loss of fundamental women’s right and bodily autonomy in the eyes of the law.
Roe v. Wade was implemented to grant women in the US the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy, regardless of their reasoning.
The landmark abortion ruling, which has been in place since 1973, was officially overturned last week, meaning individual states in America now have the right to ban women from seeking legal abortions – which several states have now already done.
Australian model Robyn Lawley made a statement on her Instagram as she wrote on her torso, “My body my choice”.
The model shared her disgust for the ruling, while also empathising with women living the US of the challenges they are about to face.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama posted an emotional statement online, which has been shared millions of times by men and women alike who are in disarray over the ruling.
In the statement she wrote, “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 their lives getting illegal abortions.”
“That is what our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived through, and now we are here again.”
Pop star Taylor Swift was one of the many who reposted Obama’s message, adding, “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.”
Kim Kardashian echoed the thoughts of many as she shared that “In America, guns have more rights than women,” as the overturning of Roe v. Wade has somehow taken priority over tighter gun restrictions, despite there being over 250 mass shootings in 2022 so far.
Hillary Clinton also chimed in on the decision, saying overturning Roe v. Wade is “a step backward”.
“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,” Clinton said.
“Today’s Supreme Court opinion will live in infamy as a step backward for women’s rights and human rights.”
Everyday women across America shared their fear over the ruling, with many encouraging others to delete their period tracking apps, to have real conversations with their partners about their intimacy, and to start savings accounts to travel out of their state for an abortion if needed.
As protestors took to the steps of the Supreme Court to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade, online spaces were dominated with anger, as “my body, my choice” began trending on Twitter and became the battle cry for the women of the United States and around the world.
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