The GIST: Over 500 women athletes are taking a stand on new abortion restrictions, demonstrating once again why athletes shouldn’t just “stick to sports.”
September 22, 2021
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- The act encourages enforcement through civil lawsuits, meaning it’s up to citizens to report anyone who has had or who has helped someone receive an “illegal” abortion.
- And now, Mississippi anti-abortionists are asking the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark ruling, which held that it’s a woman’s constitutional right to choose to have an abortion.
The latest: Yesterday, over 500 pro, collegiate and high school athletes — including Megan Rapinoe, Sue Bird and Layshia Clarendon — as well as the NWSL and WNBA players’ associations at the Supreme Court, arguing against the abortion ban.
- In the brief, the athletes argue that Roe v. Wade has had an incalculable effect on the growth of women’s sports and the empowerment of female athletes and includes statements from players telling their abortion experiences.