On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in the US, giving individual states across the country the power to ban, eliminate or criminalize abortion. Many celebrities reacted to this news, calling the Supreme Court Justices out for the ruling and sharing their feelings on the decision.
Here is a roundup of some of the strong celebrity reactions to the news on Roe v. Wade.
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The Duchess of Sussex spoke with Gloria Steinem in Vogue about the “guttural” reaction she and Prince Harry both had to the ruling: “This is having a very real impact on women’s bodies and lives starting now. Women are already sharing stories of how their physical safety is being put in danger. Women with resources will travel to get an abortion, those without might attempt to give themselves one at tremendous risk,” she said.
“Some will have to source abortion pills from unregulated pharmacies. Others who are pregnant and find themselves in a medical emergency will be at the mercy of doctors and lawyers to determine if a procedure that is needed to save her life can even be done at all,” she continued. “What does this tell women? It tells us that our physical safety doesn’t matter, and as a result that we don’t matter. But we do. Women matter.”
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The Only Murders in the Building star reacted with an impassioned tweet: “Watching a Constitutional right be stripped away is horrific. A woman should have the right to CHOOSE what she wants to do with her own body. End of story.” She then elaborated on her tweet by speaking with Variety at the season two premiere of the show: “It’s about voting,” she said. “It’s about getting men — men needing to stand up and also speak against this issue. It’s also the amount of women that are hurting. I’m just not happy and I hope that we can do everything in our power to do something to change that.”
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The “All Too Well” singer shared her feelings on Twitter, retweeting a post by Michelle Obama and 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.”
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“I’m devastated and terrified,” Rodrigo said at Glastonbury Festival, where she performed for the first time. “I wanted to dedicate this next song to the five members of the Supreme Court who have showed us that at the end of the day, they truly don’t give a sh**t about freedom.” She performed the song “F**k You” with Lily Allen and dedicated the performance to the Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh.
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The Grammy-winner announced she was taking action by raising money: “I’m pledging $500k from my upcoming tour to Planned Parenthood and Abortion Rights. Live Nation agreed to match— to make it 1 MILLION dollars,” she shared on Instagram. “The most important thing is action & loud voices. @plannedparenthood @abortionfunds & organizations like them — will need funding to continue offering services to people who are most harmed by this ban,” she continued.
“Black women & women of colour have historically had disproportionately less access to family planning resources — this is a great loss but not a new one.”
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Bridgers has been outspoken about abortion, revealing that she had one last year. Like Rodrigo, she also performed at Glastonbury where she had the crowd chant, “F**k the Supreme Court.”
“F**k that shit. F**k America. Like, f**k you. All these irrelevant, old motherf**kers trying to tell us what to do with our f**king bodies,” she told the crowd.
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The “Watermelon Sugar” singer aired his thoughts on Twitter: “I’m absolutely devastated for the people of America today. Check on your friends. Look after each other,” he wrote. “We’re all in this together, and the fight is just beginning. A truly dark day for America.”
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Grammy-winner Alicia Keys did not hold back on Twitter, writing: “This decision is about more than abortion, it’s about who has power over you, who has authority to make decisions for you, and who is going to control how your future turns out,” she shared with an image of President Obama’s statement on the ruling.
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Oscar-winner Halle Berry took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the ruling, writing: “I’m outraged! What the supreme court has done is BULLS**T. Something has to be done! Guns have more rights than women,” she wrote. “Stop this war on women & keep your laws off of our bodies. We have to ban together & NOT accept this! We can’t just post about it, we must DO SOMETHING about it,” she added.
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The Green Day frontman announced he was renouncing his US citizenship over the ruling. “There’s too much f**king stupid in the world to go back to that miserable f**king excuse for a country,” he said at a show on the weekend in London, England.
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