Updated, June 24 at 12 p.m. ET: The Supreme Court ruled to overturn the 1973 landmark decision Roe v. Wade on June 24.
CNN reported that the opinion is the “most consequential Supreme Court decision in decades and will transform the landscape of women’s reproductive health in America.” Abortion right will be determined by states going forward, with 21 states already having laws or constitutional amendments in place to ban the right to terminate a pregnancy. An additional four states are expected to ban abortions as soon as possible without federal protections in place.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion, as previously leaked last month. “Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
A joint dissenting opinion included Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan heavily criticized the majority, writing, “With sorrow, for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection, we dissent.”
Chief Justice John Roberts did not join the majority, adding in a concurring opinion that he would not have overturned Roe v. Wade but instead upheld Mississippi’s law banning abortions after 15 weeks or the first trimester.
Michelle Obama wrote in a letter “I am heartbroken today. This is what our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived through, and now here we are again. 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.”
My thoughts on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/9ALSbapHDY
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 24, 2022
Hollywood also took to Twitter to voice their shock in the Roe v. Wade overturn.
Taylor Swift retweeted the former First Lady’s letter, adding, “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.”
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
Neon founder Tom Quinn also reposted the production company’s pro-choice campaign. Padma Lakshmi tweeted, “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…This is a catalyst for a public health crisis…I wish more people understood that the decision to have an abortion is deeply personal and complex. It’s a decision that should be treated with compassion and empathy, not vilified or criminalized.”
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
Oscar winner Rita Moreno recalled former partner Marlon Brando hiring a doctor to perform an abortion after she became pregnant with his child. Moreno underwent a botched abortion, and spoke out against the Roe v. Wade overturn forcing women back to the dangerous underground abortion rings. “I can see that thing happening now and going back to back alleys,” Moreno told Variety. “I’m really nervous and frightened and horrified that this is taking place. I can’t believe that some of those people are telling us what to do with our bodies.”
Moreno added, “Hilary Clinton warned everybody about this. I’m not shocked because I saw it coming but I’m stunned. I think about the young girls. Taking it to the most extreme, girls who get pregnant because of rape or incest. Unfair isn’t a strong enough word, but it’s unfair.”
Alyssa Milano took to social media and posted, “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.”
“Nope” star Keke Palmer captioned, “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??”
Patricia Arquette posted, “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.”
Viola Davis wrote that she was “gutted” over the news.
Amy Schumer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Aaron Sorkin, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, and more previously signed an open letter in support of the Geraldine Santoro Act which would create legal abortion access in New York state.
See more reactions below.
This is actually happening.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 24, 2022
The Supreme Court’s decision to strip our right to abortion is outrageous and dangerous — and I intend to help fight back. For now, if you need an abortion, call 1-800-230-Plan or https://t.co/pM3aFDRf2D. #BansOffOurBodies @PPact
— jenny slate (@jennyslate) June 24, 2022
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
We can learn to love to fight, we can learn to fight with love, we can learn to live in love and risk and decency, or we will live thwarted , embittered, and angry lives. It was when the “pro-lifers” traded these things for victory they lost the moral high ground. #RoeVsWade
— Abigail Disney (@abigaildisney) June 24, 2022
They did it. THEY DID IT TO US! #SCOTUS has overturned #RoevWade, enshrined in the Constitution as settled law for over 50 years. How dare they? This #SCOTUS is absolutely tone-deaf to the will and even the actual needs of the American people. #WakeUpAmerica
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) June 24, 2022
Everybody gets a gun but nobody gets bodily autonomy. America.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) June 24, 2022
GUNS HAVE MORE RIGHTS THEN MY DAUGHTERS.
— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) June 24, 2022
comfort to every human being who feels afraid right now. i feel afraid too. it is okay to feel afraid and tender now. soon, the anger returns and we fight like bloody hell. first the pain, then the mother fucking rising.
— Glennon Doyle (@GlennonDoyle) 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
I have nothing nice to say at this moment in time.
— Ariana DeBose (@ArianaDeBose) 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
why the fuck don’t you care about us? why the fuck do you think you have any say over our bodies?
— rachel zegler (she/her/hers) (@rachelzegler) June 24, 2022
You don’t need 280 characters today. Just one word: Rage https://t.co/ECu46yV70L
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) 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
Most Americans believe the decision to have a child is one of the most sacred decisions there is, and that such decisions should remain between patients and their doctors.
Today’s Supreme Court opinion will live in infamy as a step backward for women's rights and human rights.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) 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
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 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
From fear of women to how society rises up to project the fragility of men, to even Hollywood liberals suggesting women have made enough progress that we no longer need civil rights protections— it’s all in Erotic 80s, particularly this episode https://t.co/Uk8Y6AwU0J
— Karina Longworth (@KarinaLongworth) June 24, 2022
Original, May 3: A leaked draft opinion was circulated among Supreme Court justices on May 2 indicating that the highest court will overturn 1973’s Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal on a federal level.
Politico posted the draft penned by Justice Alito that argued Roe was “egregiously wrong from the start.” The memo continued, “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
President Biden responded to the draft opinion, issuing a formal written address demanding that the “basic fairness” of Roe v. Wade be upheld.
“At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law,” Biden said in the statement. To note, it is yet unclear if the draft published by Politico is valid, as The Washington Post reported.
Actress and pro-choice activist Busy Philipps drew comparisons between the 2022 Met Gala theme of Glided Glamour and the staggering shift in women’s reproductive rights.
“The Gilded Age,” Philipps captioned a screenshot of the report on Instagram. “#Bansoffourbodies #metgala #abortionishealthcare #abortionrights #fuckthesupreme.”
Philipps later circulated the planned nationwide protest on May 3, writing, “Show up. Be loud. The person who risked everything to leak that document did so with the knowledge that IT IS NOT YET DONE. It’s a sham of a court put in place to do this exact thing and why? Because they’re afraid of what TRUE EQUALITY means for their own power.”
Philipps added, “This has been in motion for most of my life, this slow crank back in time but I will be damned if I allow it to happen without a fight. Overturning Roe and Casey is against the WILL OF THE PEOPLE. It has NOTHING to do with BABIES and EVERYTHING to do with white supremacy and power hungry politicians attempting to keep systems of oppression in place. (And I don’t have time or energy to explain to you why if you don’t understand- DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH) Be angry. Be loud. Be outraged. But most of all SHOW THE FUCK UP.”
Comedian Amy Schumer similarly encouraged followers to “take to the streets” with protests on Tuesday, May 3 at 5 p.m. local time. “Give us our dignity or we will take it,” the Oscar host captioned on Instagram. “This is why we fight. See you out there ladies.”
Yvette Nicole Brown tweeted, “If you are upset that #RoeVWade is about to be overturned by the Supreme Court but you didn’t vote in 2016 or you voted for Trump because you didn’t like the smart lady, YOU did this w/your apathy or your decision to choose an imp for President. YOU gave him THREE SCOTUS seats.”
The “Community” alum continued, “Votes matter. Voting in EVERY election matters. The people we elect — or those who are elected when people can’t be bothered to — make decisions every day that affect our lives & livelihoods. This decision affects the HEALTHCARE of millions of women. Great job! #sarcasm.”
See below for more reactions.
Once more for the people in the back: WOMEN DON’T GET PREGNANT BY THEMSELVES! Why is there zero sense of shared responsibility?! It’s pathetic, and I stand with the masses of you who are enraged and want to fight back. Hand me my armor. #BansOffOurBodies
If you are upset that #RoeVWade is about to be overturned by the Supreme Court but you didn’t vote in 2016 or you voted for Trump because you didn’t like the smart lady, YOU did this w/your apathy or your decision to choose an imp for President. YOU gave him THREE SCOTUS seats.
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) May 3, 2022
An extremist Supreme Court is poised to overturn #RoeVWade and impose its far-right, unpopular views on the entire country. It's time for the millions who support the Constitution and abortion rights to stand up and make their voices heard. We're not going back—not ever.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) May 3, 2022
Reproduction decisions should stay between a person who menstruates or a person who identifies as a menstruater and their physician…or a person who identifies as a physician.
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) May 3, 2022
Yes, everyone has been paying attention, yes, people voted in 2016 to try and address a system that has rot, corruption and inequality baked into it, all of it; rot that is driving the issues we face today. So stop scolding, get off your high horses and let's fix this shit.
— Alex Winter (@Winter) May 3, 2022
If you feel like what just happened with SCOTUS snuck up on you than you haven’t been paying attention. This has been a long game and it’s far from over.
If a republican wins in 2024 there will be a national ban on abortion, and so much more. This is a 5 alarm fire, folks.
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) May 3, 2022
Thread, important, it's about your rights: https://t.co/5brpPK3e02
— Sharon Waxman (@sharonwaxman) May 3, 2022
Make no mistake. A majority in this country are angry tonight. Not a small majority. A giant majority. I am seeing that rage. I am hearing that rage. I am feeling that rage. And to all scared women tonight, I will fight for you & with you. I will fight like hell. We all must.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) May 3, 2022
— Pedro Pascal he/him (@PedroPascal1) May 3, 2022
I can’t believe we are here. Book burning, bans on classroom discussions about race and sexuality, the erosion of voter’s rights aimed at the poor and people of color. It’s literally a right wing crack down on democratic norms. The worst are full of passionate intensity.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 3, 2022
Forced birth & illegal abortions across state lines is backwards & cruel. The Supreme Court has BECOME the division. Thanks to Alito & his ilk of RW radicals, who are toxic to the Court’s impartiality. Based on his arguments, the Supreme Court is strictly political now. https://t.co/0PTmxcVovG
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 3, 2022
Those motherf*****s really did it. First they came for Black voters, then they targeted LGBTQ+ families. Now, women of America, they’re overruling Roe v. Wade.
We have to unite and strike back. Take to the streets. Overwhelm them at the ballot box. They have gone too damn far.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 3, 2022