Former First Lady Michelle Obama has released a statement expressing her heartbreak over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade legislation.
“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 health care workers who can no longer help them without risking jail time,” Obama wrote in a statement shared to her social media.
As the public outrage gathers steam, urged Americans to “channel your frustration and anger into action by getting involved.” She shared resources for Planned Parenthood and The United State of Women Reproductive Justice Hub.
“Our hearts may be broken today, but tomorrow, we’ve got to get up and find the courage to keep working towards creating the more just America we all deserve,” Obama concluded. “We have so much left to push for, to rally for, to speak for – and I know we can do this together.”
Her husband, former U.S. President Barack Obama, also reacted publicly to the news:
“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.”
He continued, “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.