US women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe has expressed her fury at the Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down the constitutional protection of abortion, deploring the erosion of rights won by women from a previous generation.
“I think the bottom line is cruelty, because it’s not pro-life, not at all,” said Rapinoe, who repeatedly held back tears as she expressed her outrage.
Several of the country’s leading sports figures have publicly expressed their dismay, anger, and dismay at the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion.
NBA Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tweeted that the essence of the ruling was “power and control” and retweeted several messages about how it would affect black women.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a joint statement that the leagues “believe that women should be able to make their own decisions regarding their health and future, and we believe that freedom should be protected.”
“We will continue to advocate for gender and health equity, including ensuring that our employees will have access to reproductive health care, wherever they are,” they added.
Rapinoe is in Colorado, where the defenders of the last two world championships will face Colombia. As a gay woman, she spoke out about the fear that the conservative court would seek to strip her of her rights.
“We live in a country that is constantly trying to erode what you innately possess, what you have been privileged to feel throughout your life.”