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U.S. national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe is among a group of leading sports figures who have expressed anger over the Supreme Court’s decision to strip the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion, decrying an erosion of rights that women have had for a generation. Billie Jean King, who just celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX, is also dismayed by the decision. Women playing for teams, including NWSL's Racing Louisville and the WNBA's Dallas Wings, will be directly impacted by the decision.
Democratic officials across the nation hope to harness their party's collective outrage and sadness to improve their political outlook this fall after the Supreme Court's stunning decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Abortion was an afterthought for much of the year for many voters. It was overshadowed by record gas prices, surging inflation and President Joe Biden’s low popularity. But on Friday, a Supreme Court majority of conservative justices ensured that abortion would be a central issue in U.S. politics for the foreseeable future. Polling shows that relatively few Americans wanted to see Roe overturned.
The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. Friday's ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. In anticipation of the decision, several states led by Democrats have taken steps to protect abortion access. The decision also sets up the potential for legal fights between the states over whether providers and those who help women obtain abortions can be sued or prosecuted.
Abortion bans that were put on the books in some states in the event Roe v. Wade was overturned have started automatically going into effect, while clinics elsewhere — including Alabama, Texas and West Virginia — have stopped performing abortions for fear of prosecution, sending women away in tears. America was convulsed with anger, joy, fear and confusion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe. The canyon-like divide across the U.S. over the right to terminate a pregnancy was on full display, with abortion rights supporters calling it a dark day in history, while abortion foes welcomed the ruling as the answer to their prayers.
A federal court has put a temporary hold on the government's order for Juul to stop selling its electronic cigarettes. Juul filed the emergency motion so it can appeal the sales ban from the Food and Drug Administration. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington granted the request later Friday. A day earlier, the FDA said Juul must stop selling its vaping device and its cartridges. The agency said Juul didn't give it enough information to evaluate the potential health risks of its e-cigarettes. In its court filing, the company disagreed, saying it provided enough.
FILE - o, U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe runs during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Spain on March 8, 2020, in Harrison, N.J. Rapinoe says she could not hide her anger over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the abortion rights provisions of Roe v. Wade, decrying an erosion of rights that women have had for a generation. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)
FILE - Billie Jean King speaks to the media before the first-round Fed Cup tennis matches between the United States and Australia on Feb. 9, 2019, in Asheville, N.C. In her 2021 autobiography “All In,” King said she had an abortion in 1971 in California, where it was legal. Her name also appeared on a petition to legalize abortion in a 1972 edition of Ms. Magazine, joining several prominent women stating they’d had an abortion. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
FILE - Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins calls out instructions during an NCAA softball game against South Dakota State, on May 20, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. Hutchins, the winningest coach in college softball history, said she was informed of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the abortion rights provisions of Roe v. Wade via news alerts on her phone Friday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
FILE - Coco Gauff of the United States, reacts after missing a shot against Poland's Iga Swiatek during the final match at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, on June 4, 2022. Gauff expressed her disappointment in the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the abortion rights provisions of Roe v. Wade. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)