Right to abortion canceled: the world of sport between sadness and anger

Right to abortion cancelled: the world of sport between sadness and anger< /p> UPDATE DAY

The reversal of the right to abortion decided Friday by the Supreme Court is “a sad day for the United States”, lamented the former tennis champion and activist Billie Jean King, a feeling shared by many American sports personalities. 

“The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, who has protected the right to abortion for almost 50 years. This decision will not end abortion. What it will end is safe and legal access to this life-saving medical procedure,” lambasted the icon of the movement for gender equality in sport and defender of women's rights.

“It's hard to express how sad this day is for me, for my teammates, for everyone this will affect,” said Megan Rapinoe, star of the women's soccer team. of the United States, deeming this decision “totally misguided”.

“The right to freedom and the pursuit of happiness and of this freedom is under attack. There are endless reasons why a woman chooses to do what she does with her body, and none of those reasons is anyone else's business.” >

“I'm still a bit in shock and trying to take it all in. It's a step backwards for our country,” lamented Lindsey Horan, her Team USA teammate.

“Hypocrisy of the situation”

< p>The North American Women's Soccer League has denounced that revoking the right to abortion “deprives individuals in this country of the full freedom and equality that is the cornerstone of a just society. .

For the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the American professional women's basketball league, this decision, in addition to that taken the day before by the same Supreme Court aimed at facilitating the carrying of weapons in public in certain States, is the fact of “politicians so disconnected from the country and from any sense of human dignity”.

“Are we in a democracy where guns have more rights than women?” she insurgent.

Many athletes expressed their indignation and gave their support to women, such as IndyCar driver Dalton Kellett denouncing “as a man the hypocrisy of the situation”. “If the roles were reversed, it wouldn’t even be up for discussion. We would never give up control of our body. Women shouldn't have to give up control of their own.”

For National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James, it's all about “A MATTER OF POWER AND CONTROL!!! he tweeted.