Musicians React to Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court overturned the landmark case Roe v. Wade this month, which deals a shattering blow to healthcare and reproductive rights, notably ending the constitutional right to an abortion. This passes it back to the states who will each decide what healthcare women can receive, instead of making the decision themselves.

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The troubling decision comes as SCOTUS Judge Clarence Thomas adds that the Supreme Court “should reconsider” previous cases such as “Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” which protect contraception, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage, respectively.

New York is one of the many states who are going to allow abortions to continue. Gov. Kathy Hochul said it was a “dark day for women across this nation” who have “long fought for the right to have control over their own lives.” The ruling means that women will be forced to have “government-mandated pregnancies,” she added.

A lot of musicians took to different social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram to show their outrage and frustration at the decision.

Manhattan-born influential singer Carole King took to Twitter to say “taking a right away from more than half the population affects every member of the family.”

More artists born in NYS, like Mariah Carey express their disappointment in the decision, Carey saying “It is truly unfathomable and disheartening to have to try to explain to my 11 year old daughter why we live in a world where women’s rights are disintegrating in front of our eyes.” Cyndi Lauper is rereleasing her song “Sally’s Pigeon” due to the decision.

Maggie Rogers tweeted “abortion is healthcare. bodily autonomy is a human right.” Phoebe Bridgers tweeted “fucking evil.” She also talked about the decision at Glastonbury Festival, while leading an anti-SCOTUS chant.

Olivia Rodrigo did something similar at the festival as well, name dropping each Supreme Court member who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, while also bringing out singer Lilly Allen to sing her song “Fuck You.”

Artists who are not from the United States have also shared their thoughts. Pop-rock musician Yungblud spoke on Twitter, saying “The Supreme Court just ended a constitutional right to obtain an abortion, saying it should be left to each state to decide, this is horrible!” Swedish singer Zara Larsson also tweeted, in all caps, “MAKING ABORTIONS ILLEGAL WONT STOP PEOPLE FROM HAVING THEM, IT STOPS THEM FROM HAVING SAFE ONES.”

There are many many more musicians and celebrities who have shared their disappointment about the decision. Although things look bleak at the moment, hopefully the talk never stops and people keep going out and protesting to promote some real change the country desperately needs.

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