The Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade on Friday.
For nearly 50 years, Roe guaranteed a person’s constitutional right to seek an abortion. By overturning Roe v. Wade, SCOTUS has handed power to individual states, allowing state legislatures to determine out their own abortion laws. According to CNBC, nearly half of the country is now expected to outlaw or severely restrict abortion.
Speaking from the White House hours after the ruling was announced, President Joe Biden said it was a “sad day for the country.” The decision has sparked other American political leaders and celebrities to share public responses.
In a post shared on her Twitter page, Taylor Swift expressed her disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision. “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.”
Swift, who became more vocal with her political opinions starting with the 2018 Tennessee Senate race, retweeted former First Lady Michelle Obama’s statement, in she described feeling “heartbroken” over the ruling.
“This is what our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived through, and now here we are again,” Obama wrote. “This horrifying decision will have devastating consequences, and it must be a wake-up call, especially to the young people who will bear its burden.”
Former president Barack Obama issued his own statement, calling the decision an attack on “essential freedoms.”
Billie Eilish, who was also at Glastonbury to perform, called it a “really dark day,” NME reports. She continued, saying, “I’m just going to say that because I can’t bear to think about it anymore in this moment.”
Joining Swift were other celebrity entertainers voicing their reactions using strong emotion:
Despite Friday’s ruling, abortion remains legal in sixteen states and the District of Columbia. You can find access to an abortion by using AbortionFinder.org, and as the site notes, it’s currently not illegal to travel out of state to have an abortion.
Additionally, you can help support those in need of abortions. Donate to local organizations, join protests, contact legislators and tell them how you feel, and if you feel safe and comfortable doing so, share your abortion story with friends and family.