Tearful US star Megan Rapinoe urges men to ‘stand up’ after Roe vs. Wade decision

U.S. soccer captain Megan Rapinoe calls on American men to ‘stand up’ to end the ‘continuing violent assault on the autonomy of women’s bodies’ in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to cancel Friday Roe against Wade.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Colombia, the emotional Rapinoe held back tears while blaming the decision on American men and the power structure in the United States.

“We clearly can’t do it alone, with the makeup of the power structure in our country,” she told reporters, as quoted by Yahoo! Sports’ Henry Bushnell. “And frankly, that’s on you. »

She described the decision as an attempt by the US government to spread a belief structure that is “deeply rooted in white supremacy and patriarchal Christianity.”

“I just can’t underestimate how sad and cruel it is,” she said. “I think cruelty is the point, because it’s in no way pro-life.”

U.S. soccer captain Megan Rapinoe calls on American men to ‘stand up’ to end the ‘continuing violent assault on the autonomy of women’s bodies’ in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to cancel Friday Roe against Wade.

Abortion rights and anti-abortion protesters outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington

Abortion rights and anti-abortion protesters outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington

Speaking ahead of Saturday's friendly with Colombia, the emotional Rapinoe held back tears while blaming the decision on American men and the power structure in the United States.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Colombia, the emotional Rapinoe held back tears while blaming the decision on American men and the power structure in the United States.

On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, removing the country’s half-century-old constitutional protections for abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to a wave of abortion bans in conservative-leaning states, some of which already have trigger laws on the books that will go into effect in the days and weeks to come.

The 6-3 decision was made possible, in part, by former President Donald Trump’s SCOTUS appointees: Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

According to Rapinoe, a strong advocate for women and LGBTQ groups, men have enjoyed privileges in the United States while allowing women to shoulder the burden of this fight against abortion restrictions.

“I shouldn’t be the loudest voice in the room,” Rapinoe said. “No woman should be the loudest voice in the room. This is what alliance looks like. This is what it looks like, frankly, to do the right thing.

“Without men, we wouldn’t have any of these laws, we wouldn’t have any inequalities in terms of gender rights and this assault on abortion rights, none of this would happen,” he said. she continued. “We didn’t do it ourselves. And I would take that personally, what I say, as an accusation, as a moment of coming to Jesus, as a “look in the mirror, you are complicit in all of this”.

Tennis legend and longtime activist Billie Jean King also added her voice to the conversation

Tennis legend and longtime activist Billie Jean King also added her voice to the conversation

Rapinoe's NWSL side OL Reign released a statement criticizing the SCOTUS decision

Rapinoe’s NWSL side OL Reign released a statement criticizing the SCOTUS decision

Rapinoe also pointed out that this decision will primarily affect women who were already at risk due to a number of factors.

“We know this will disproportionately affect poor women, black women, brown women, immigrants, women in abusive relationships, women who have been raped, women and girls who have been raped by members family, who, you know what, just maybe didn’t make the best choice, she said.

The WNBA's Seattle Storm, a team that employs Rapnioe's partner Sue Bird, also criticized SCOTUS' decision on Friday.

The WNBA’s Seattle Storm, a team that employs Rapnioe’s partner Sue Bird, also criticized SCOTUS’ decision on Friday.

“And that’s no reason to be forced to have a pregnancy,” she continued. “It will completely exacerbate so many existing inequalities that we have in our country. It does not protect a single person. It certainly does not protect a single child. And that doesn’t keep a single – inclusive term – woman safer. We know that the lack of abortion [rights] doesn’t stop people from having abortions, it stops people from having safe abortions.

Rapinoe’s comments come days after she spoke out in favor of transgender women participating in women’s sports – a burning issue that critics say threatens the existence of women’s athletics.

She wasn’t the only athlete to speak out against Roe vs. Wade on Friday.

The WNBA, where Rapinoe’s partner Sue Bird plays, also released a statement.

“This decision shows a branch of government that is so out of touch with the country and any sense of human dignity,” the WNBA statement began. He then encouraged Americans to vote.

“We need to recognize that when we vote, it’s to elect leaders and to connect the dots to policies and legislation that align with our values.”

Several NBA players also intervened, including Denver Nuggets guard Austin Rivers and Portland Trail Blazers forward Josh Hart, who apologized to the

Several NBA players also weighed in, including Denver Nuggets guard Austin Rivers and Portland Trail Blazers forward Josh Hart, who apologized to the “women of this country.”

The NWSL released its own statement on Friday.

The NWSL released its own statement on Friday.

Longtime tennis legend and activist Billie Jean King also added her voice to the conversation.

“The Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, which for nearly 50 years protected the right to abortion,” she tweeted. “This decision will not end abortion. It will end safe and legal access to this life-saving medical procedure. It is a sad day in the United States.

Several NBA players also weighed in, including Denver Nuggets guard Austin Rivers and Portland Trail Blazers forward Josh Hart.

“So what about people who are not ready/qualified to be parents??? … what kind of world will await some of these children,” Rivers posted on Twitter. ‘Smh sad day. Is America Backing Down??’

Hart’s message was more succinct: “To the women of this country…I’m sorry.”

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called the decision “unilaterally unfair” and told all of his supporters upset by his comment to “cancel me if you wish.”

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called the decision 'unilaterally unfair'

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called the decision ‘unilaterally unfair’

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