Celebs, SAG-AFTRA, DGA React To The Supreme Court’s Abortion Ruling
This combination of photos shows actor Patricia Arquette (l) at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 27, 2022; and actor Viola Davis promoting her book "Finding Me" in New York on April 27, 2022. (Photos by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Several celebrities including Viola Davis, Bette Midler and Stephen King reacted after the Supreme Court on Friday voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed a woman’s constitutional right to abortion.

“They did it. THEY DID IT TO US! #SCOTUS has overturned #RoevWade, enshrined in the Constitution as settled law for over 50 years. How dare they? This #SCOTUS is absolutely tone-deaf to the will and even the actual needs of the American people.” — Bette Midler, via Twitter.

“This Supreme Court is an absolute disaster. From giving people the right to carry guns to taking away Women’s rights of autonomy over their own bodies. We weren’t being reactive, we saw it coming. — Patricia Arquette, via 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.” — Taylor Swift, via Twitter.

“It’s very hard to be told by your country that your life that you’re actually living is not as important as some diving cells.” — Elizabeth Banks, via Instagram.

“This is a dark day in American history. The Supreme Court destroyed women’s right to choose. The result will shatter women’s lives, make children & families poorer, increase the financial burden on men & erode the American economy. This is a terrible tragedy for all of us.” — Aisha Tyler, via Twitter.

“Gutted. Now more than ever we have to use our voice and power! WE the people. — Viola Davis, via Twitter.

“Not too long ago, this would have been dystopian sci-fi. But the legacy of the 2016 election and the indelible mark of the GOP is printed here in black and white. How much farther this will go once again depends on American voters. Blame extremism or apathy, but this is America.” — Seth MacFarlane, via Twitter.

“Today is hard, but we are not done here because in this country the conversation and fight for our civil rights will always continue. Equality for all, not just for some. Stand together with those who need our help most right now.” — Cyndi Lauper, via Twitter.

“What a sad day for this country. Guns for everybody and no reproductive rights. Twisted. Twisted.” — Andy Cohen, via Twitter.

“It’s the best Supreme Court the 19th Century has yet produced.” — Stephen King, via Twitter.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling overturning #RoeVsWade will have deadly consequences, with the harm falling hardest on people of color who already face disproportionate discrimination in our country and grapple with a severe maternal mortality crisis.” — Alyssa Milano, via Twitte r.

“AMERICA, IF you have NEVER VOTED, NOVEMBER is YOUR choice.” — Henry Winkler, via Twitter.

Guild feedback
The Directors Guild of  America and actors union SAG-AFTRA also responded to the Supreme Court decision.

SAG-AFTRA released a statement which read: “Anyone who believes in the right of women to make their own healthcare decisions should be outraged with today’s archaic and dangerous ruling. Every American deserves and is entitled to an equal right to healthcare choice. Today, the United States Supreme Court abandoned that principle in a ruling that empowers states to enact draconian restrictions on healthcare choice and destroy lives, if we allow it. We will continue to fight to ensure the overwhelming majority voice of the people is heard in state and federal legislative bodies. We have the collective power to make certain today’s decision does not overcome the will of the people. SAG-AFTRA will fight to protect women’s right to choice and self-determination that has been recognized for decades.”

The DGA issued a statement from its president, Lesli Linka Glatter, which read, “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a giant step backwards for our country and puts women’s lives at risk. It denies countless women the most basic of their human rights--the right to autonomy over their own bodies. We are committed to making sure our members continue to have access and ability to make their own reproductive decisions and determine the path they set for their own lives. We strongly condemn this ruling and stand in solidarity with so many others speaking out to decry this travesty.”

Earlier today, the Directors Guild Foundation approved a new policy providing financial travel assistance to DGA members who need to travel out of state to ensure they have access to safe abortion services regardless of their state of residence.


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