Martina Navratilova, a tennis legend, is a force to be reckoned with on and off the field. Not shying to speak up and rouse controversy, the 18-time Grand Slam champion has always been a staunch critic of the wrongdoings. One of today’s most contentious issues, the right to an abortion in the USA, was brought up once more by the speaker.
The Roe v. Wade ruling, which stood from 1973 to 2022, was reversed by the US Supreme Court. This ruled that women had the right to determine within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy whether or not they wanted an abortion. The nine-member panel of the court, though, opted to reverse it. This implies that the legality of abortion will be decided by each of the 50 states in the US.
The 18-times Grand Slam winner expressed her displeasure via Twitter regarding the matter where she wrote, “I feel like I am back in a totalitarian country where I grew up- Czech Republic, now a thriving democracy- and I am feeling disoriented. After Soviet Union fell and Czechoslovakia and all Soviet bloc countries were freed I thought what a world we can now have. And now?”
Besides Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King also reacts to the matter
Along with Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King—another legend of the sport—also spoke up. She claimed that while the judgement won’t outlaw abortion, it would make it unsafe and illegal to access. She added that it was a sad day for the United States. As per her words, “The Supreme Court has struck down Roe v. Wade, which for nearly 50 years has protected the right to abortion. This decision will not end abortion. What it will end is safe and legal access to this vital medical procedure. It is a sad day in the United States.”