A half-century of legal precedent was altered by an increasingly conservative Supreme Court.
On Friday (June 24), the increasingly conservative United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that protected a woman’s right to abortion. States can now decide what a woman can do with her body, and abortion is expected to be illegal in at least 16 states in the future; if abortion restrictions are considered, that number rises to 23 states.
Despite an unusual leak revealing the impending precedent-setting decision, many Americans reacted with shock, dismay, and disgust; according to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or some cases. MIGHT BE INTERESTED: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have welcomed their first child into the world, a newborn boy.
Clarence Thomas added a chilling note to the troubling SCOTUS decision, writing that the Supreme Court “should reconsider” previous cases such as “Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” which protect contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.
On social media, musicians reacted to the news.
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
Sad day to be an American 🇺🇸 between Roe vs. Wade & NYC gun laws being struck down 😞
— Aly & AJ (@alyandaj) June 24, 2022
It’s always this slimy osmosis jones lookin motherfucker 😒 https://t.co/zoWn7zZjSP
— VINCINT (@VINCINT_) June 24, 2022