Members of the WNBA and the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team shared their frustrations with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a move that will lead to abortion bans in at least half of the states in this country. The decision came roughly a month after a draft opinion was leaked, and the courts still looking into how that happened.
U.S. soccer legend Megan Rapinoe was one of many athletes who shared their anger with the court’s decision. Megan spoke with the press right before an international friendly soccer match against Colombia.
“We know that the lack of abortion does not stop people from having abortions. It stops people from having safe abortions. I would encourage people to understand all of the different aspects that overturning Roe v. Wade will have on so many, actually on everyone in the entire country. I just can’t understate how sad and how cruel this is. I think the cruelty is the point because this is not pro-life by any means.”
U.S. Soccer released a statement shortly after the decision sharing their disappointment with the high court’s decision. The NBA and WNBA released a joint statement in which both leagues in solidarity states the decision for a woman’s health and future should be her decision and this right should be protected. WNBA legend Sue Bird, who is engaged to Megan Rapinoe said through tears that she is afraid of where this country is headed.
“I absolutely think gay rights are under attack,” she said. “I absolutely think we will see legislation pop up state by state by state that will eventually come to this radical court. I have zero faith that my rights will be upheld by the court. I have faith in our country and I have faith in people and I have faith in the voters. And if you ever needed a f—ing motivation to vote, to get involved — quite literally people’s lives depend on it.”
Read more of this story including dissents from SCOTUS justices here