The Supreme Court of the United States voted to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday.
Celebrities reacted to the decision via social media with Alyssa Milano saying it will have “deadly consequences” and Elizabeth Banks calling it “devastating news.”
“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,” Milano wrote.
She added: “Banning abortion will disproportionately impact people of color, LGBTQ+ communities, people struggling to make ends meet, young people, and those living in rural areas.”SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS ROE V. WADE IN LANDMARK ABORTION DECISION
Banks wrote, “This is devastating news for families – Men and women – who believe the government should not decide when and with whom they become parents. This is not the end of this fight for human rights.”She added, “Everybody gets a gun but nobody gets bodily autonomy. America.”
The decision effectively ended recognition of a constitutional right to abortion and gives individual states the power to allow, limit, or ban the practice altogether.
The ruling came in the court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which centered on a Mississippi law that banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Republican-led state of Mississippi asked the Supreme Court to strike down a lower court ruling that stopped the 15-week abortion ban from taking place.
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Taylor Swift also weighed in saying she is “terrified” by the decision.
“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,” she wrote.
Sophia Bush shared her opinion on the matter writing, “America. Wake up. Stop saying ‘it won’t happen here,” she wrote. “It is happening.”
“The three #Trump #SCOTUS appointees all lied to Congress and to the American people during their confirmation hearings, when they all stated that #ROEVWADE was settled law,” Bette Midler wrote. “They are all radical traditionalist Catholics and are shoving America ever further to the right.”
“This ruling today at the height of Pride Month is particularly devastating,” Cynthia Nixon wrote. “The foundation upon which Roe rested is the same that has protected so many of our rights as LGBTQ+ people. Clarence Thomas says as much. We’re all in this together.”
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Public reaction to a possible overruling of Roe happened well before the Court handed down Friday’s decision. A leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito from February that reached the same conclusion caused nationwide debate and promoted pro-choice activist protests at the homes of the six conservative justices.
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and Kelly Laco contributed to this report.