Former US President Barack Obama said this Friday that the ruling of the US Supreme Court that revokes the protection of the right to abortion is “devastating”, an idea replicated by his closest circle .
“The Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, but relegated the most intensely personal decision anyone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues, attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans,” Obama said on his Twitter account. .
The ruling says that the US Constitution “does not grant” the right to abortion in force since 1973 and returns the authority to legislate on this reproductive service to the “people” and their “elected representatives”, which will allow each state decide whether to keep it or prohibit it.
“For more than a month, we knew that this day would come, but that doesn’t make it any less devastating,” Obama also said, alluding to his reactions last May on the matter, when the Supreme Court draft indicating his imminent death was leaked. decision.
“That is an outcome none of us should want. But it should serve as a powerful reminder of the central role the courts play in protecting our rights, and the fact that elections have consequences,” he further stated in that statement.
For her part, former first lady and lawyer Michelle Obama said in a note that she was “heartbroken” for the people who lost the “fundamental right” to make an informed decision about their bodies and that they will be destined to return to the previous era. to the existence of the “Roe versus Wade” decision.
“A time when the government denied women control over their reproductive functions, forcing them to continue with a pregnancy they did not want and abandoning the baby when it was born,” Obama recalled, lamenting that the US is “again” in that situation.
Former Secretary of State in the Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton, joined those voices forcefully: “Today’s Supreme Court opinion will live in infamy as a step backwards for women’s rights and human rights,” she said. .
“Most Americans believe that the decision to have a child is one of the most sacred decisions that exists, and that such decisions should remain between patients and their doctors,” added the former senator on her Twitter account.
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