On Friday (June 24), a half century of reproductive rights were wiped away when the increasingly conservative United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that protected a woman’s choice to have an abortion. Now, states can decide what a woman can do with her body – and it’s expected that abortion will be illegal in at least 16 states moving forward; if restrictions on abortion are considered, that number goes up to 23 states.
Despite an uncharacteristic leak revealing that this precedent-flaunting decision was coming, many Americans reacted to the news with shock, dismay and disgust; 61% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or some cases, according to the Pew Research Center.
The troubling SCOTUS decision came with a chilling addition from Clarence Thomas, who wrote that the Supreme Court “should reconsider” previous cases such as “Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” which protect contraception, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage.
Musicians reacted to the news on social media.
I have been advocating for abortion, reproductive rights, and bodily integrity for as long as I’ve had a platform and I’m running out of ways to word and frame the severity of the impact that fundamentalism has on our country. 1/2
— h (@halsey) June 24, 2022
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. https://t.co/mwK561oxxl
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 24, 2022
It is truly unfathomable and disheartening to have to try to explain to my 11 year old daughter why we live in a world where women’s rights are disintegrating in front of our eyes.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) June 24, 2022
I am scared For my daughters
I’m scared for all women in America.
I am just plain scared.
I Guess God Put this on our shoulders right now because he knew that we were strong enough To bear the weight.
Strong enough to FIGHT!
Strong. enough to overcome
— Madonna (@Madonna) June 26, 2022
And so We Shall 🙏🏼 Overcome!
We will find a way to make It A Federal Law to Protect Abortion Rights!
Ladies are you ready……..,……….💪🏻💪💪🏽💪🏾💪🏿. To Fight?
— Madonna (@Madonna) June 26, 2022
Let’s be clear: if you believe the government belongs in a woman’s uterus, a gay persons business or marriage, or that racism is okay- THEN PLEASE IN THE NAME OF YOUR LORD NEVER FUCKING LISTEN TO MY MUSIC AGAIN. AND ALSO FUCK RIGHT OFF. We good?
— P!nk (@Pink) June 25, 2022
My great grandmother, Mary Maude Fitzgerald, died from an illegal, unsafe abortion. Her widower, Thomas Fitzgerald, an itinerant worker, couldn’t raise their 3 kids alone & sent them off to families that took them as servants. He died alone of TB in a work camp. #WeWillNotGoBack https://t.co/K41PkCmB1I
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) June 25, 2022
As a father it pisses me off that women have fewer rights 2day than just a few days ago… we r fuckin goin bckwards. Here’s how 2 help in MIchigan. https://t.co/AzYGESOF8j
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) June 26, 2022
The court has failed us all — but we won’t back down. I’m going to keep fighting because everyone deserves access to the care they need. Join me and @PPact: https://t.co/fd4K56b8w3. #BansOffOurBodies pic.twitter.com/FVwoCZqRy0
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) June 24, 2022
If Every time Men Had Sex,
They Risked Death, Physical Disability,A Life Altering Interruption In Their Education,Or Career, & The Sudden Life Long
Responsibility For Another
Human Being,I Think
They’d Expect A Choice
In The Matter
— Cher (@cher) June 26, 2022
When people talk about how their vote ‘doesn’t matter’ or ‘we are screwed anyway’.. well. We elected a man 6 years ago that gave 3 seats to the Supreme Court. And today those 3 people used their power to take away women and peoples rights to decide their own future.
— Hayley Kiyoko (@HayleyKiyoko) June 24, 2022
riot girl summer
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) June 24, 2022
Sad day to be an American 🇺🇸 between Roe vs. Wade & NYC gun laws being struck down 😞
— Aly & AJ (@alyandaj) June 24, 2022
the Supreme Court just ended a constitutional right to obtain an abortion, saying it should be left to each state to decide, this is horrible! they just took the right to decide about someone’s own body away! we need to speak out. your body, your choice! #AbortionIsHealthcare
— YUNGBLUD (@yungblud) June 24, 2022
I feel sick to my stomach… https://t.co/FoR1tuQxoA
— Bonnie Milligan (@BeltingBonnie) June 24, 2022
i think it’s really time we come together and limit how old a government official can be. i genuinely don’t think someone should be able to make life changing decisions for an entire country while also being old enough to have dementia
— obamas cousin (@LilNasX) June 25, 2022
Roe V Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court is so disgusting. I am so ashamed of the direction that this country is going. This blatant hate for women’s rights is so unbelievably concerning and heartbreaking.
— Shea Couleé (@SheaCoulee) June 24, 2022
It’s always this slimy osmosis jones lookin motherfucker 😒 https://t.co/zoWn7zZjSP
— VINCINT (@VINCINT_) June 24, 2022
And yet somehow I fear this year will only get worse
— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) June 24, 2022
The three #Trump #SCOTUS appointees all lied to Congress and to the American people during their confirmation hearings, when they all stated that #ROEVWADE was settled law. They are all radical traditionalist Catholics and are shoving America ever further to the right.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) June 24, 2022
abortion is healthcare.
bodily autonomy is a human right.
— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) June 24, 2022
— Carole King (@Carole_King) June 24, 2022
MAKING ABORTIONS ILLEGAL WONT STOP PEOPLE FROM HAVING THEM, IT STOPS THEM FROM HAVING SAFE ONES
— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) June 24, 2022
— christina perri (@christinaperri) June 24, 2022
I don’t even know what to say other than absolutely fuck this
— FINNEAS☮️ (@finneas) June 24, 2022
If you’re gonna talk about how divided we are as a nation, you’ll want to mention SCOTUS decisions like this one, handing power to state reps in crazy-ass gerrymandered districts and completely ignoring the will of the majority of US citizens. This is not what the people want.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) June 24, 2022
Logging off. 💔 https://t.co/LEnhzG8i50
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) June 24, 2022
— traitor joe (@phoebe_bridgers) June 24, 2022