Outraged and heartbroken. Taylor Swift was among the many celebrities who shared their reaction to the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Overthrowing Wade after nearly 50 years.
“I am absolutely horrified that we are here – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s right to their own bodies, today’s decision took that away from us,” wrote the 32-year-old All Too Well ‘ singer via Twitter on Friday, June 24, shortly after the announcement of the decision.
Just a month after an opinion written by Associate Justice Samuel Alito against the constitutional right to abortion became public, the Supreme Court formally overturned the landmark case. The decision will impact women’s reproductive rights across the country as the legality of abortion is now decided on a state-by-state basis. Alito composed the majority opinion, which was decided 5-3-1. Judge Stephen Breyer, Sonja Sotomayor and Elena Kagan severely criticized the majority opinion in their shared dissent: “With sadness – for this court, but more so for the many millions of American women who have lost basic protections of the Constitution today – we dissent.”
Like many other celebrities Phoebe Bridger is an outspoken advocate of reproductive rights. After the leaked opinion made headlines last month, the 27-year-old “Motion Sickness” singer shared her own experience of having an abortion via Twitter. “I had an abortion while on tour last October,” she wrote at the time. “I went to Planned Parenthood, where they gave me the abortion pill. It was easy. Everyone deserves that kind of access.”
The “Kyoto” hitmaker explained why she decided to share her story on social media in an interview with The Guardian published on Friday. “I’ve always found solace in talking to people in passing — when someone’s mother says, ‘I had an abortion when I was a teenager.’ It normalized it for me,” Bridgers told the outlet. “I was like, ‘Okay, it’s time to throw my hat in that pool … That’s not a sentence, I just made that up. But I really didn’t think about it at all.”
Bridgers acknowledged that “as an upper-middle-class white woman from California, even if it were repealed, I will always have access to an abortion,” adding that she reached out to a friend who is a medical student for help, than she needed to undergo the procedure. “People with access always have access. What annoys me is that we don’t talk about me,” she said. “It’s that simple: I played Texas that same week, and then I went home and I was like, oh my god. I made the appointment. It was 12 hours of my life.”
Padma Lakshmi, who was also a vocal advocate for women’s rights, echoed those comments in a series of Twitter posts. “People will still have abortions,” she wrote on Friday. “These proceedings will not stop just because Roe v. Wade is lifted. This will only prevent safe, legal abortions from happening.”
The Top Chef host, 51, continued: “The right to choose when or not to start a family is a choice each individual can make on their terms when the time is right for them. We should all fight for this freedom and dignity.”
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