As you no doubt have heard by now, Roe v. Wade has been overturned.
On the morning of June 24, six Conservative Supreme Court Justices outvoted three Liberal Supreme Court Justices in deciding that abortion rights would no longer be protected by the federal government.
This healthcare issue will therefore be left up to the states as a result.
At the moment, nearly half of America’s 50 states having already passed laws to outlaw abortion outright — or to restrict it by such an extreme degree that the procedure is, essentially, outlawed.
Roe v. Wade had been the law of this land since 1973, and no one is quite sure just what will happen to millions of women in the wake of this landmark reversal.
But it’s very safe to assume that many of them will die.
Others will be forced to give birth after getting pregnant by rape or incest.
“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,” wrote former President Barack Obama on Twitter.
“Across the country, states have already passed bills restricting choice.
“If you’re looking for ways to respond, Planned Parenthood, United State of Women and many other groups have been sounding the alarm on this issue for years — and will continue to be on the front lines of this fight.”
Plenty of other celebrities also chimed in on the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
We’ve collected a number of their outraged responses below….
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.
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.
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.
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??
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.
In the end, of course, the only words that matter at the moment belong to Judge Samuel Alito.
This justice wrote for the majority opinion of The Supreme Court on Friday as follows:
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 heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.