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Athletes react to Supreme Court decision on abortion

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Associated Press

Ann M. Peterson

US football star Megan Lapinault strips and erodes the country's constitutional protection against blame on Friday. He expressed anger at the Supreme Court's decision to blame him. Of the rights women had for generations.

"This is by no means a professional life, so I think cruelty is the point," said Rapinoe, who sometimes wept when she expressed her anger.

Always outspoken Lapinault, after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, some of the country's leading athletes publicly shared their discouragement, anger, and concerns, and women's abortions. Guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tweeted that the decision was about "power and control" and retweeted several posts about the impact of the decision on black women. did.

In a joint statement, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said the league "believes that women should be able to make their own decisions about their health and future, and freedom is free. We believe it should be protected. "

" We continue to insist on gender and health fairness, including providing employees with access to reproductive medicine regardless of location. " "They said.

Rapinoe is in Colorado as two World Cup champions are preparing to play Colombia on Saturday. As a gay woman, she also talked about her fears that a conservative court would then come for her rights.

"We are a country that seeks to forever scrape what you have by nature, what you are privileged enough to feel throughout your life. I live in, "she said.

The High Court's decision has a direct impact on women playing on teams in states that may have a total ban on abortion in response to the decision.

This is the situation in Kentucky, home of the National Women's Soccer League's Racing Louisville, with Friday's ruling abruptly ending access to abortion.

In Kentucky, the Trigger Act was enacted in 2019, and almost all abortions in that state are now over.

"Kentucky citizens in need of abortion are forced to drive an average of 245 miles for proper medical care following the Supreme Court's decision today. This progress has led us to do so. Are particularly concerned about the estranged members of the community and future Supreme Court decisions that could affect them, "Racing Louisville said in a statement.

In Florida, a new law will come into force on July 1st, banning all abortions after 15 weeks. NWSL's Orlando Pride has issued a joint statement with Orlando City in Major League Soccer.

"Access to safe assisted reproductive technology and physical autonomy are fundamental and negotiable human rights, and our club is deeply opposed to today's Supreme Court ruling." It states.

NWSL's Houston Dash and WNBA's Dallas Wings home are home to Texas, one of the 13 states that have similar trigger legislation to Kentucky. The other two WNBA teams, Indiana Fever and the Atlanta Dream, are in states where abortion restrictions are possible.

Just the day before the decision, Billie Jean King celebrated Title IX's anniversary, which affected women and sports.

"This decision does not end abortion. It ends with safe and legitimate access to this important medical procedure. It's a sad day in the United States. ".

In his autobiography "All In" in 2021, King stated that he had an abortion in California in 1971. Her name was also featured in a petition to legalize abortion in the 1972 edition of Ms. Magazine, joining several prominent women who said they had an abortion.

Criticism of the court's decision has been passed down from female coaches, athletes, teams and trade unions.

Tennis player Coco Gauff found it unbelievable.

"I was very disappointed with today's decision. The sad part is that it does not stop the outbreak of miscarriage. It only increases illegal and unsafe miscarriage. Today is very much for our country. It's a sad day and I can't believe history is repeating, "tweeted 18-year-old Gauff, who won second place at the French Open earlier this month.

The WNBA Players Association did not chop up the following words: The right to reproductive freedom of all.

Carol Hutchins, the strongest coach in softball history at the University of Michigan, said he was informed of the decision on a mobile phone news alert on Friday.

"It was a hot topic and it was clear that this was coming, so I was completely hoping it would happen," Hutchins said. "Women's rights are human rights, and in general, human rights in this country are surrounded in my opinion. I am concerned about people's right to life, freedom and happiness."

However, women were not the only athletes to speak.

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei accessed Twitter shortly after the decision was made.

"Impose a constitutional right to conceal the carrying of firearms, and the next day end the basic constitutional protection of reproductive rights. Our country is aggressively going in the wrong direction. "I'm out," Fry said, referring to the Supreme Court's decision to break the "just cause" requirement in New York, limiting who could carry a gun.


AP sports writers Larry Rage, Melissa Murphy, Tim Reynolds and Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.