24th June, 2022
Former US President, Barack Obama has said the Supreme Court’s judgement which overturned a 50-year-old ruling that legalised abortion nationwide attacked freedoms of millions of Americans.
The right of millions of American women to abortion has been cut short by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v Wade.
Obama, while reacting to the judgement said “Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.
“Across the country, states have already passed bills restricting choice. If you’re looking for ways to respond, @PPFA, @USOWomen, and many other groups have been sounding the alarm on this issue for years—and will continue to be on the front lines of this fight.
“For more than a month, we’ve known this day was coming—but that doesn’t make it any less devastating.”
Obama added that “Few, if any, women make the decision to terminate a pregnancy casually — and people of goodwill, across the political spectrum, can hold different views on the subject.
“But what Roe recognized is that the freedom enshrined in the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution requires all of us to enjoy a sphere of our lives that isn’t subject to meddling from the state — a sphere that includes personal decisions involving who we sleep with, who we marry, whether or not to use contraception, and whether or not to bear children.”
He added that the consequences of this decision would be a blow not just to women, “but to all of us who believe that in a free society, there are limits to how much the government can encroach on our personal lives.”