Hillary Clinton, Kathy Griffin, more celebs and political figures slam potential Roe v. Wade reversal
After news leaked that a majority of the Supreme Court reportedly privately voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, celebrities, political figures, and influential media figures are making backlash to the decision a public affair.
"Not surprising. But still outrageous. This decision is a direct assault on the dignity, rights, & lives of women, not to mention decades of settled law," tweeted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito to strike down the 1973 landmark abortion rights ruling leaked Monday evening via Politico. "It will kill and subjugate women even as a vast majority of Americans think abortion should be legal. What an utter disgrace."
Comedian and actress Kathy Griffin — previously investigated by the Secret Service after posing for a photo in 2017 that depicted her holding a fake, decapitated head of President Donald Trump — also tweeted that she'd "love to be posting about the met gala," which also occurred Monday evening with Clinton in attendance, but stressed that the 2016 presidential candidate's presence represented the "only attendee" she cared about.
"President Hillary Clinton never would've let Roe be overturned," she finished.
House representatives Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also spoke out against the reported vote, which has yet to be widely addressed by the Supreme Court.
"Overturning Roe would put the lives of women across the country at risk. It would fly in the face of decades of precedent and the overwhelming majority of public opinion. And they will not stop here. Expand the court," Omar tweeted.
Ocasio-Cortez cautioned: "As we've warned, SCOTUS isn't just coming for abortion - they're coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on, which includes gay marriage + civil rights. Manchin is blocking Congress codifying Roe. House has seemingly forgotten about Clarence Thomas. These 2 points must change."
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, however, tweeted support for the move, calling it "the most significant and glorious news of our lifetime."
Other famous figures, like social media personality turned businesswoman Michaela Okland, shared personal experience to combat the possible ruling.
"I had an abortion when i was 19 and I've never felt comfortable talking about it online. People have terrifying opinions on the topic and even now I'm scared to speak about it. We talk about destigmatizing a lot of things but we desperately need to destigmatize abortion," Okland tweeted. "With Roe V Wade being overturned we are putting so many young and poor people at risk. The foster-care system will flood even more, children will die of abuse & lack of resources, others will take their own lives. I can't imagine the fear of an unwanted pregnancy with no way out."
Writer and comedian Ashley Nicole Black summarized the sentiment of many criticizing the potential ruling when she tweeted, "There's a particular slap to the face of being told we can vote for abortion rights, by the court that gutted voting rights."
Politico indicated that Republican-appointed Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett voted with Samuel A. Alito Jr. to overturn the landmark ruling, against dissenting votes of Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. Chief Justice John Roberts' stance was not reported. The court's vote comes amid the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization in Mississippi, involving the state's attempt to ban abortions after 15 weeks. A representative for the Supreme Court did not immediately return EW's request to verify the leaked report.
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