Not that anyone cares, but Hollywood, big business, big tech, and media personalities are rushing to condemn the Supreme Court which overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday. The court ruled that the decision to regulate or ban abortion rested with the states, and not with the federal government. It also referred to abortion as ending a human life.
Most of the comments, say pro-life observers, are not based in fact and are attempts to frighten Americans that rights, which don’t involve killing an unborn human, are at risk. Some are concerned that the fearmongering is leading to violence against churches and women’s clinics.
Here are a few of the highlights:
Writing in an editorial for TheNation.com, feminist Sophie Lewis admitted abortion kills a baby. She used this headline for her article: “Abortion Involves Killing–and That’s OK! To be pro-choice is to be against forced life.”
“When ‘pro-life’ forces agitate against feticide on the basis that it is killing, pro-abortion feminists should be able to acknowledge, without shame, that yes, of course it is,” she proudly stated.
Streisand, whose last song to hit the top 100 was in 1997, commented on Friday, soon after the ruling was announced that the Supreme Court is “the American Taliban,” and “The Court uses religious dogma to overturn the constitutional right to abortion. This Court is the American Taliban.”
The Court uses religious dogma to overturn the constitutional right to abortion. This Court is the American Taliban.
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) June 24, 2022
Samuel L. Jackson
Avengers star Jackson slammed fellow African-American Justice Clarence Thomas over the weekend for helping overturn Roe v. Wade, asking on Twitter: How’s Uncle Clarence feeling about Overturning Loving v Virginia??!!
Jackson was using the anti-Black epitaph “Uncle Tom” in reference to Thomas being married to Ginny Thomas, who is white.
Billie Joe Armstrong
In London, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong of the group Green Day threatened to renounce his U.S. citizenship, which was then mocked on social media.
“There’s just too much f*cking stupid in the world to go back to that miserable f*cking excuse for a country. Oh, I’m not kidding. You’re going to get a lot of me in the coming days.”
The group’s last commercially successful hit was in 2016.
Media darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. told followers that pro-life Democrats should be voted out of office.
“Also, if you live in a blue area, when people say ‘go vote,’ that should include primary elections too,” she told her followers. “Because, the thing that a lot of people don’t like to talk about, is the fact that not every Democrat is pro-choice. Okay? So, the ones that aren’t, we really need to reassess if it’s appropriate for them to continue to serve in 2022 because people should have the right to control their own body. This is pretty basic.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D—MA) on ABC This Week, said Democrats need to pack the court:
“We [need to] get two more senators on the Democratic side, two senators who are willing to protect access to abortion and get rid of the filibuster so that we can pass it,” Warren said. “John Fetterman, I’m looking at you in Pennsylvania. Mandela Barnes, I’m looking at you in Wisconsin. We bring them in, then we’ve got the votes, and we can protect every woman no matter where she lives.”
She also blasted the overturn of Roe v. Wade as “extremist.”
The Supreme Court has "burned whatever legitimacy they may still have had" with their ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells @MarthaRaddatz.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 26, 2022
Barack and Michelle Obama
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama released a prepared statement saying the court “relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues — attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.”
Taylor Swift wrote on Twitter, “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”
Many in the pro-life community are concerned by the more violent rhetoric coming out of Hollywood. Women’s clinics and abortion counseling centers run by pro-life ministries have become the targets of fire bombings since the ruling was leaked in May. Over the weekend, one pro-life women’s clinic was attacked and burned.
–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice