Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and AOC React to the End of Roe v. Wade

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Photo credit: Bill Clark - Getty Images
Photo credit: Bill Clark - Getty Images

There’s no other way to say it: Today is a sad day for America. Just one month after Politico reported a leaked draft opinion, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to abortion and reversing nearly 50 years of precedent. The leak may have given us a heads up, but that didn’t make the official decision—which came on Friday—any less painful. “I am heartbroken,” Michelle Obama wrote on Twitter. “We may now be destined to learn the painful lessons of a time before Roe was made law of the land—a time when women risked losing their lives getting illegal abortions.” This is what “our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived through,” Obama added, “and now here we are again.”

The former First Lady is just one of many activists, politicians, thought leaders, and celebrities to voice their reactions on social media. Hillary Clinton said the SCOTUS opinion will “live in infamy as a step backward for women’s rights and human rights.” Actress Keke Palmer wrote that she is “past disgusted w/ my country and their constant inability to protect one another’s right & keep their word. How u overturning the wrong things? So many things to overturn that make sense. But this is what you chose??” On Twitter, West Side Story star Rachel Zegler asked: “why the fuck don’t you care about us? why the fuck do you think you have any say over our bodies?”

Given the decision, more than half the states in the U.S. are now likely to ban abortion. Below, a list of reactions to the SCOTUS ruling that will make reproductive health care inaccessible for millions. For ELLE’s comprehensive guide to better understanding the state of abortion care today, please click here.

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