Following the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade and abolish the constitutional right to an abortion, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert released a joint statement on Friday. A nearly 50-year-old precedent that has protected women’s reproductive rights since 1973 was overturned by the contentious decision. 22 states presently have legislation in place that “would either outright prohibit abortions or provide the groundwork for either outlawing or severely restricting access to them”.
Along with Megan Rapinoe and ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Silver and Engelbert are among a sizable group of athletes, sports personalities, and organisations that have already commented on Friday’s ruling.
What is Roe v. Wade case?
The 22-year-old petitioner, Norma McCorvey, is referred to in the lawsuit as just “Roe” on occasion. Wade was the defendant and the district attorney for Dallas County (Texas) at the time. In “Roe,” abortion was legalised up until the point of foetal viability, overturning legislation that had declared it illegal in multiple states. This measure is used in abortion regulations all throughout the world, although opponents of abortion claim that it was chosen at random by lawmakers and the court in the “Roe” case.
On Friday, the Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade, which removed women’s constitutional right to an abortion. Early in May, information about the verdict had been leaked. A lot of individuals believed it to be a violation of women’s rights, and a lot of others are worried about how the historic judgement may affect access to reproductive health care. The court’s conservative majority backed the decision, which came more than a month after Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion signalling the court was ready to take this historic move was leaked.
NBA and WNBA join forces to a revolutionary step ahead of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
A joint statement from the NBA’s Adam Silver and the WNBA’s Cathy Engelbert was released on Friday in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and abolish the right to an abortion. The statement read as follows: “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 must be protected. We will continue to advocate for gender and health equity, including ensuring our employees have access to reproductive health care, regardless of their location.”
Megan Rapinoe, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird together with 500 other athletes and organisations, signed a friend-of-the-court brief to the justices in September. 26 Olympians, 73 professional athletes, and several athlete associations made up the organization. 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. Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and various other NBA stars also voiced their concerns in light of the recent incident.