LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and other NBA and WNBA stars couldn’t help but express their disbelief at the historic Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court announced its decision to reverse Roe v. Wade, which eliminated women’s constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday. This essentially implies that Roe, which formerly allowed abortions throughout the first two trimesters of pregnancy, is no longer in contradiction with the authority that states now have to enact their own abortion regulations.
To the disappointment of many Americans, including athletes, celebrities, and politicians, the Roe v. Wade decision to abolish the ban on abortion was made public on Friday. The judgement had previously been leaked in early May. Many people saw it to be an assault on women’s rights, and many others are concerned about the impact the historic decision will have on reproductive health care.
Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and rest of the basketball world reacts to the overturning Roe v. Wade.
James and Irving were among the first NBA players to speak on the news of Roe v. Wade, with James emphasising the fact that ultimately, everything revolves around power and control and Irving appealing with people to do all in their power to protect women. The Lakers forward sided with former US President Barack Obama when he said that it “attacked the fundamental liberties of millions of Americans” by sidelining the most profoundly personal decision a person can make to the impulses of politicians and ideologues.
The NBA and WNBA also issued a joint statement in which they vowed to continue advocating for reproductive health care access, gender and health fairness, and other issues regardless of the circumstance. In a statement, the WNBPA said, “This decision shows a branch of government that is so out of touch with the country and any sense of human dignity.” Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird of WNBA, together with 500 other athletes and organisations, signed a friend-of-the-court brief to the justices in September. They stated that the legalisation of abortion had contributed to the development of women’s sports and raised worry about what might happen to future athletes without similar safeguards.
Other NBA players jumped on board, including Ja Morant and Anfernee Simons, expressed their disapproval at the information. Tyrese Haliburton and Jaren Jackson Jr. both emphasised how the judgement represents a significant step backwards for the country, particularly in terms of women’s rights. Joe Hart expressed regret to all American women who would soon lose their freedom and rights as a result of the Roe v. Wade decision.
A joint statement was released on Friday afternoon by WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert and NBA commissioner Adam Silver: “The NBA and WNBA believe that women should be able to make their own decisions concerning their health and future, and we believe that freedom should be protected”. Both leagues also stated that: “We will continue to advocate for gender and health equity, including ensuring our employees have access to reproductive health care, regardless of their location.”