Patricia Arquette, Barack Obama, Samantha Bee and more are condemning the Supreme Court on social media after it overturned Roe v. Wade, effectively ending federal protections of abortion rights. The decision effectively leaves the question of abortion rights to the states, several of which are expected to ban abortions. Roe v. Wade guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights starting in 1973.
“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,” Obama posted 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,” he added.
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.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 24, 2022
Audrey Diwan, director the Venice-winning abortion drama “Happening,” said in a statement to Variety: “When I read Annie Ernaux’s book, I thought, when we strip women’s freedom, we don’t prevent them from pursuing it. We force them to pay a high price for that freedom. I showed ‘Happening’ in several U.S. cities, ending with Atlanta. Following the screening, some young women came to me, looking pale, and told me, ‘It’s us, we are the women who will die.’ When I returned to France, their voices resonated in my head. Yes, it’s them, the women who were just told that equality doesn’t exist. Even more so if they are poor. Because the least resources we have, the more at risk we are in this clandestine path. Yes, it’s them, the women who, like Anne, my character, will perhaps one day venture into this journey of pain and solitude. Never did I imagine that such a big democracy would accept this idea, neither did I ever imagine that fiction would ever become such a ferociously crucial reality in the U.S.”
On the eve of the Supreme Court’s announcement, Samantha Bee called a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade “devastating,” adding, “Twenty-six states will likely move to ban abortion immediately, which is a shame. Because the only interesting thing to do in North Dakota is get an abortion. A right to choose whether or not to have a baby is being dismantled by a party that really fucking wants that baby to die as soon as possible after it’s born.”
“Abbott Elementary” creator and star Quinta Brunson stressed that the decision was “about control, not care.”
There are so many things that need to be fixed in this country right now- 240 characters aren’t enough. The fact that controlling a woman’s rights was top priority- it just tells you everything you need to know. It’s about control, not care.
— quinta brunson (@quintabrunson) June 24, 2022
Elizabeth Banks summarized the decision by writing, “Everybody gets a gun but nobody gets bodily autonomy. America,” while music duo Aly & AJ similarly tweeted, “Sad day to be an American between Roe vs. Wade & NYC gun laws being struck down.”
Everybody gets a gun but nobody gets bodily autonomy. America.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) 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
“This Supreme Court is an absolute disaster,” Oscar winner Patricia Arquette wrote. “From giving people the right to carry guns to taking away women’s rights of autonomy over their own bodies. We weren’t being reactive we saw it coming.”
This Supreme Court is an absolute disaster. From giving people the right to carry guns to taking away Womens rights of autonomy over their own bodies. We weren’t being reactive we saw it coming.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) June 24, 2022
“This is a dark day in American history,” added Aisha Tyler. “The Supreme Court destroyed women’s right to choose. The result will shatter women’s lives, make children & families poorer, increase the financial burden on men & erode the American economy. This is a terrible tragedy for all of us.”
This is a dark day in American history. The Supreme Court destroyed womens’ right to choose. The result will shatter women’s lives, make children & families poorer, increase the financial burden on men & erode the American economy.
This is a terrible tragedy for all of us.
— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) June 24, 2022
Read more reactions from Hollywood talent in the posts below.
My thoughts on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/9ALSbapHDY
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) 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
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.
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) June 24, 2022
GET YOUR FICTIONAL HATEFUL BIBLE STORIES AND YOUR FAKE FICTIONAL RELIGIOUS BULLSHIT OUT OF OUR FUCKING LIVES. FUCK YOU.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) June 24, 2022
embarrassed to do any self promotion for the new record, on such a dark day. Fuck.
Sending love and my support to all the women out there now under attack by this Christofascist movement
— Tim Heidecker (@timheidecker) June 24, 2022
They will never end abortion.
Only safe abortion.
This is not about life. It’s about control.
Those motherfuckers. https://t.co/m9eAebqQcW
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) June 24, 2022
“Women can’t decide what to do with your bodies anymore and we watched The Purge and felt that’s a great way to handle gun control” – the supreme dumbass court
— Chris Redd (@Reddsaidit) June 24, 2022
Liiiisten… you better vote now before they come for you. Whoever you are.
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) June 24, 2022
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U SEEM CORRUPT
— Christopher Miller (@chrizmillr) June 24, 2022
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??
— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) June 24, 2022
What a sad day for this country. Guns for everybody and no reproductive rights. Twisted. Twisted.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) June 24, 2022
It's the best Supreme Court the 19th Century has yet produced.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 24, 2022
The “states’ rights” argument has always been a tactic, not a principle. https://t.co/JTDqu2p95A
— Carrie Coon (@carriecoon) June 24, 2022
What tf is actually happening?Full & total control of women 👏🏽DOES 👏🏽NOT👏🏽WORK. It WILL backfire in the worst way. The whole 🌍will come crashing down. Where’s the the sperm, testicle, mankini bathing suit IN PUBLIC legislation?WE DONT GET PREGNANT BY OURSELVES #WHERETHEMENAT https://t.co/gMMxc8qTAK
— nicoleariparker (@nicolearip) June 24, 2022
We all have a role to play in the fight for reproductive freedom.
— NEON (@neonrated) June 24, 2022
We knew it was coming.
DON’T BE SILENT.
DON’T BE DISCOURAGED.
If you want a woman’s right to choose
Safer gun laws
Clean air & water
People to be able to marry whoever they love
There are more of us than them.
FUCK TRUMP’S SCOTUS!
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) June 24, 2022
Today’s Supreme Court ruling overturning #RoeVsWade will have deadly consequences, with the harm falling hardest on people of color who already face disproportionate discrimination in our country and grapple with a severe maternal mortality crisis.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 24, 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
I suggest you focus right now @AbortionFront is one of the most important resources for women across the country we must galvanize and take on the challenges of our times as women have done for centuries they will bend us but we will not break #AbortionRightsAreHumanRights
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) June 24, 2022
It’s been the plan ALL A LONG. The ONLY thing standing in the way of the complete dissolution of the UNITED states into 2 countries where women have control over their own bodies & same sex marriages are recognized or not is our willingness to SHOW UP in these midterms and #VOTE https://t.co/jdVFmikmO3
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) June 24, 2022
Looked at my phone this morning and saw her lose a right that has existed since I was her age. The Supreme Court has become an anchor dragging America to the bottom. pic.twitter.com/6falF19ET4
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) June 24, 2022
abortion is healthcare.
bodily autonomy is a human right.
— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) June 24, 2022
Thinking about Anita Hill today. Thinking about what she went through.
Believe women. Please.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 24, 2022
Yeah, ain’t NOBODY telling me what I can & can’t do with my body. Ain’t nobody telling me who I get to love or marry for that matter. America… you’re in for the fight of your life.
— Ariana DeBose (@ArianaDeBose) June 24, 2022