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Sports world reacts to the monumental overturning of Roe v. Wade

After the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, people across the sports world consider the effect on those who can become pregnant.

On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, a decision that federally protected the rights of Americans to have access to abortions.

From January 22, 1973 until now, the Supreme Court determined that the right to an abortion was protected under the Due Process Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment. At the time, the court ruled that access to abortion was “fundamental.”

The overturning means that the right to an abortion is no longer federally protected, and abortion clinics in Southern states like Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas are shuttering immediately.

A 2021 report by the Guttmacher Institute estimates that 26 U.S. States are “certain or likely to ban abortion.”

In response to this, individuals in the world of sports share what the overturning of Roe v. Wade means to them.

The sports world reacts to Roe v. Wade decision on 50th anniversary of Title IX

In a video shared by Yahoo! Sports, NWSL and NWST star Megan Rapinoe says that the overturning of Roe v. Wade “puts women in a terrible position.”

Sports journalists like Lyndsey D’Arcangelo and Ashley Nicole Moss can’t help but notice that this happens one day after the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which was passed on June 23, 1972.

NFL analyst Mina Kimes shared in-depth New York Times reporting to illustrate “what’s at stake” without federal abortion protections in place.

Former Washington Spirit defender Kaiya McCullough, who is attending Harvard Law School in the fall, remains dedicated to fighting this decision through legal recourse in the future.

Soccer journalist Kelly Welles directed Twitter followers to a link that allows people to support women seeking abortions safe ability to access, as well as Robin Marty’s book, “New Handbook for a Post-Roe America.”

Cleveland Browns fullback Johnny Stanton described the decision as “horrific.”

Stanton is an avid LGBTQ+ ally, and there are many who are already concerned that the conservative majority Supreme Court will now attempt to strip the constitutionally-protected right for LGBTQ+ individuals to marry.

The gut reaction for many individuals is disdain for the Supreme Court, who struck down a law that was protected by the federal government in the United States for 49 years.

PHL and NWSL broadcaster Erica L. Alaya wanted to channel any anger and frustration at the ruling into action: “make a plan to get involved in local and state politics.”

Others drew the connection between the fact that despite the past two decades of increased gun violence in mass shootings, the Supreme Court has yet to institute nationwide gun regulations, yet they ruled that Roe v. Wade was “egregiously wrong.”

FOX Sports journalist Charlotte Wilder called on men in the sports world to speak up when “rights are stripped away.”

This is a small sample of what those in the sports world have to say on the overturning of Roe v. Wade, as this is a decision that will ultimately affect all those who can become pregnant in the United States for the foreseeable future.

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