Hollywood is sharing (and re-sharing) its abortion stories following the Supreme Court’s decision to end constitutional protections that have been in place for nearly 50 years.
The decision to reverse Roe vs. Wade was decided by the court’s conservative majority on June 24, with the outcome of the ruling expected to result in abortion bans in about half of US states, including bans on rape or incest without exceptions. It came more than a month after a leaked draft opinion by Judge Samuel Alito indicated that the highest court in the United States was preparing to overturn a precedent set in 1973.
Ahead of the ruling and amid backlash to the leaked draft, 150 industry notables – including Megan Thee Stallion and Selena Gomez – attached their names to a public letter condemning what would be the impending court decision and declaring their public support. to pro-choice politics, reproductive health care, and an individual’s right to privacy and medical autonomy.
Following Friday’s ruling, Barack and Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Alyssa Milano, Elizabeth Banks, Keke Palmer, Danny DeVito, Questlove, Stephen King and other industry members have criticized the court’s decision on social media.
Unions and Hollywood studios have responded with statements outlining how they will support members of the entertainment industry and company employees seeking reproductive health and abortion care in states where the Abortion will no longer be legal. Meanwhile, late night hosts also took to the airwaves on Monday following the court ruling, reacting to the ‘incomprehensible’ decision to cancel the deer decision.
Actors, musicians, models and more are now speaking out in the wake of the ruling, highlighting through their own experiences in reproductive health care why accessing the procedure in a safe and legal way remains important – and vital – in light of new legislation landscape for people seeking abortions.