Roe v. Wade was a landmark decision made by the United States Supreme Court on women’s abortion rights. It prohibited states from banning abortions. However, the decision made headlines again a few months ago when Politico published a leaked document stating that the US Supreme Court intends to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, which meant that many Republican-led states would be more likely to completely ban abortions if the prohibition was lifted. This would essentially deprive women in the United States of a fundamental human right. It was only a leaked document at the time, but the world was shocked by the news when on June 24, the United States Supreme Court put forth its decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. The decision was made with a 6-3 ruling, propelled by its conservative majority. The court upheld the Mississippi-backed law which prohibits abortion after 15 weeks. The decision received a severe backlash on Twitter. Many known names like Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Barrack Obama, Vir Das, and others took to Twitter to share their utter disappointment in the decision. The Twitter reactions are proof of how angry everyone is with the decision.
This decision sent shock waves not only to the United States but to the whole world. It is considered to be a black day for human rights, as now women will no longer have the freedom over decisions of their own bodies. Michelle Obama took to her Twitter handle to release a heart-wrenching note on the US court’s decision. She called the decision a “horrifying” one and also wrote that it would have severe consequences.
My thoughts on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/9ALSbapHDY
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 24, 2022
Even singer Taylor Swift put forth her opinions on the matter.
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. https://t.co/mwK561oxxl
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 24, 2022
Former US President, Barrack Obama also commented on the issue in his Twitter thread. He wrote that the decision attacks the “essential freedom of millions of Americans”.
Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 24, 2022
Director Stephen King also commented on the ruling
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— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 25, 2022
Comedian Vir Das also took to his Twitter handle to post a few lines by a famous American comedian George Carlin to aptly put forth his views on the US Supreme Court’s decision.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) June 25, 2022
Indian actor Gulshan Devaiah also expressed his views in the simplest way.
We are going to shit on the US for a few days to feel slightly better about ourselves.
— “Super Gullu” (@gulshandevaiah) June 25, 2022
Many other known personalities took to their Twitter handles to talk about this inhumane judgment and how no value has been given to women’s freedom in this regard.
Now I get to tell my daughters that we have to fight harder so we can have the same rights as guns
— Meena Harris (@meena) June 24, 2022
Reactions on Twitter show how disappointed everyone is not just by the decision but the United States as a whole. The US which is apparently a world power is setting the worst example for the world with this decision of simply taking away women’s right over decisions on their own bodies.