Taylor Swift has spoken of her terror for the future after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade.
The US Supreme Court today ended the constitutional protections for abortion that have been in place for nearly 50 years, meaning individual states now have power to set their own laws concerning the termination of a pregnancy.
Stars including Viola Davis, Kendall Jenner, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, have voiced their outrage over the move, which will affect millions of people across the country.
Taking to Twitter, the Blank Space quote tweeted the former First Lady’s lengthy statement about her ‘heartbreak’ concerning the decision.
‘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,’ Taylor added.
Michelle posted her official response to the overturn across her social media pages, sharing her heartbreak for those that the decision will impact.
‘I am heartbroken today,’ she began. ‘I am heartbroken for people around this country who just lost the fundamental right to make informed decisions about their own bodies.
‘I am heartbroken that 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.
‘A time when the government denied women control over their reproductive functions, forced them to move forward with pregnancies they didn’t want and then abandoned them once their babies were born.
‘That is what our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived through, and how we are here again.
‘So yes, I am heartbroken – for the teenage girl, full of zest and promise, who won’t be able to finish school or live the life she wants because her state controls her reproductive decisions; for the mother of a nonviable pregnancy who is now forced to bring that pregnancy to term; for the parents watching their child’s future evaporate before their very eyes; for the health care workers who can no longer help them without risking jail time.’
Michelle went on to share the ‘devastating consequences’ that the ‘horrifying decision’ will have, urging people to fight to make their voices heard.
‘This moment is difficult, but our story does not end here. It may not feel like we are able to do much right now, but we can. And we must,’ the former First Lady continued.
‘Our hearts may be broken today, but tomorrow, we’ve got to get up and find the courage to keep working towards creating the more just America we all deserve.
‘We have so much left to push for, to rally for, to speak for – and I know we can do this together.’
Olivia Wilde, Kim Kardashian and Chris Evans are just a few of those who reposted Michelle’s statement onto their own social media platforms.
Roe’s overturning was made possible by three conservative judges appointed by former President Donald Trump.
The controversial decision means individual states are responsible to determine how they will regulate abortions, with some leaders already exercising this.
The announcement sparked protests in front of the US Supreme Court.
Currently, 13 states have so-called trigger laws in place that take immediate effect, banning or severely limiting access to abortion, and another half-dozen states have near total bands after six weeks of pregnancy.
Alternatively, 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws protecting the right to have an abortion even without Roe.
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