After nearly fifty years of struggle to protect a woman’s right to make medical decisions in consultation with her physician and without government interference, the “small government” conservatives voted on Friday to allow states to regulate women’s uteruses and their reproductive health decisions.
My thoughts on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/9ALSbapHDY
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 24, 2022
Former First Lady Michelle Obama responded to the news in a statement posted on her Instagram account. Obama has long been a proponent of women’s rights and the right to choose. She and President Obama spoke publicly in favor of the rights of women over their own bodies many times during and since his run for president in 2008.
In the statement, Ms. Obama said:
‘I am heartbroken that we may now be destined to learn the painful lessons of a time before Roe was made the law of the land – a time when women risked losing their lives getting illegal abortions. A time when the government denied women control over their reproductive functions, forced them to move forward with pregnancies they didn’t want, and then abandoned them once their babies were born.’
Obama also reminded her followers of the very personal nature of Roe v Wade and the decision made by the SCOTUS to overturn it.
‘So yes, I am heartbroken – for the teenage girl, full of zest and promise, who won’t be able to finish school or live the life she wants because her state controls her reproductive decisions; for the mother of a nonviable pregnancy who is now forced to bring that pregnancy to term; for the parents watching their child’s future evaporate before their very eyes; for the healthcare worker who can no longer help them without risking jail time.’
Twitter had a lot of thoughts about the statement by the former first lady of the United States. Read some of their comments below: