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‘Those motherf*****s really did it’: Asian American celebs condemn SCOTUS overturning of Roe v. Wade

  • Several Asian American celebrities reacted to Friday’s historic Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade, with some condemning it as “devastating” and “backwards.”
  • With the ruling, access to abortions is no longer considered a constitutional right, meaning the individual states now dictate reproductive healthcare.
  • Actors and athletes took to social media to express their contempt at the overturning of half a century’s precedent on reproductive rights.
  • In a back to back Instagram post, journalist Lisa Ling wrote that “guns have more rights than women in America,” also adding that it was “time to rise up.”
  • The news was expected by many considering a leaked draft of the decision was widely circulated previously in early May.

Several Asian American celebrities reacted to Friday’s historic Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade, with some criticizing it as “devastating” and “backwards.”

With the ruling, access to abortions is no longer considered a constitutional right, meaning the individual states now dictate reproductive healthcare.

SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade: AAPI Democratic lawmakers speak out on ruling; Republicans silent

  • Asian American Democratic lawmakers condemned the Supreme Court’s official overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday, noting that now is the time for action.
  • With the ruling, access to abortions is no longer guaranteed on a federal level, giving states the right by default to dictate reproductive healthcare.
  • The news did not come as a surprise to some considering a leaked draft of the decision was widely circulated in early May.
  • Vice President Kamala Harris participated in a roundtable yesterday with state attorneys general, posting on her Twitter that “we need every federal, state, and local leader working to protect reproductive health care access.”
  • Other Democratic lawmakers, such as Rep. Grace Meng (D, NY-6) and Rep. Andy Kim (D, NJ-3), echoed similar outrage for the overturning of half a century’s precedent on reproductive rights.

Asian American Democratic lawmakers condemned the Supreme Court’s official overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday, noting that now is the time for action.

With the ruling, access to abortions is no longer guaranteed on a federal level, giving states the right by default to dictate reproductive healthcare. 

Savita Halappanavar’s story takes the spotlight amid intensified debate on Roe v Wade overturning

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  • On Monday, Politico published a leaked draft opinion suggesting that the Supreme Court could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision protecting rights to abortions.
  • “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the draft. “Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
  • After the story came out, social media users were reminded of the tragic story of Savita Halappanavar, a dentist in Ireland of Indian origin who died from septicemia (sepsis) in 2012 after being denied an abortion.
  • Savita's death sparked national outrage and helped lead to the eventual legalization of abortion in Ireland.

Following the recent leak of documents suggesting that the Supreme Court could soon overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, putting abortion rights and access at risk, social media users are remembering the story of Savita Halappanavar.

The 1973 decision, in which the Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution protects a pregnant individual’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without government restriction, outlawed many U.S. federal and state abortion laws.

Olivia Rodrigo voices support for abortion rights: ‘Our bodies should never be in the hands of politicians’

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  • In the wake of the recently leaked Supreme Court draft opinion in favor of overturning the 1973 landmark decision on Roe v. Wade, pop star Olivia Rodrigo spoke out in support of abortion rights during her concert in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night.
  • “Our bodies should never be in the hands of politicians,” Rodrigo said. “I hope we can raise our voices to protect our right to have a safe abortion, which is a right that so many people before us have worked so hard to get.”
  • Rodrigo is one of the latest celebrities to use their platform to advocate for abortion rights, following George Takei, Olivia Munn and many others.

Filipino American pop star Olivia Rodrigo spoke out in support of abortion rights during her concert in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night.

In the wake of the recently leaked Supreme Court documents in favor of overturning the 1973 landmark decision on Roe v. Wade, the singer-songwriter took a moment to advocate for the right to legal abortion while on stage for her “Sour” tour on Wednesday night. 

‘How dare they’: VP Harris gives fiery speech on Republican push to overturn abortion rights

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  • At a gala hosted by Emily’s List, a pro-choice political action committee, on Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke out against the Supreme Court’s leaked draft in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, calling it a “direct assault on freedom.”
  • Harris addressed attendees saying, “Some Republican leaders are trying to weaponize the use of the law against women. How dare they? How dare they tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her own body?”
  • The Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark decision in Roe v. Wade guaranteed the legal right to access abortion nationwide.
  • The pending renouncement of the 1973 decision would overturn nearly half a century’s rulings on reproductive rights.
  • The draft majority opinion was written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote, “‘Roe’ was egregiously wrong from the start … It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

On Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke out against the Supreme Court’s pending decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, calling the leaked decision draft a “direct assault on freedom.”  

At a gala hosted by Emily’s List, a political action committee that raises funds to elect Democratic, pro-choice women into office, Harris responded to the recent news of the leaked Supreme Court documents revealing that the nation’s highest court had voted to strike down the historic Roe v. Wade decision. 

‘We are at that point’: George Takei warns US ‘beginning to spiral’ after SCOTUS abortion opinion leak

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  • In a Twitter thread yesterday that has since gone viral, actor George Takei, 85, warned that the U.S. has reached a point where things are “beginning to spiral.”
  • He urged readers to not “remain complacent” in light of global inflation, an ongoing pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.
  • Takei also emphasized the importance of voting come November, stating that if we “do not HOLD THE LINE NOW,” the “spiral of chaos” will then continue.
  • Takei ended by warning that “the stakes are too high, the cost too great,” adding, “We must mobilize, and we must defeat this scourge. NOW.”
  • The posts come after a draft of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, which guarantees Americans constitutional protections to abortion rights, was leaked earlier this week.
  • Takei, a Japanese American and World War II incarceration camp survivor, has historically been outspoken about several political issues, describing his dark childhood as highly influential to his identity.

In a Twitter thread yesterday that has since gone viral, actor George Takei, 85, warned that the U.S. has reached a point where things are “beginning to spiral.” 

The posts come just after a draft of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, which guarantees Americans constitutional protections to abortion rights, was leaked earlier this week.