The daughter of late actor Paul Walker says the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade was “a huge setback in history,” and shared her personal experience with abortion.
Meadow Walker took to Instagram on Friday to share her thoughts about the court’s overturning Roe and revealed she had an abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
“There are countless women who have struggled with making the decision to have an abortion. I too have battled with the choice but in 2020, when the world was collapsing during the pandemic, I sought an abortion,” wrote the 23-year-old.
Walker continued, “It is a very private and personal experience-the way it should be. I was lucky enough to have a great doctor who supported me through the debilitating process – with their help, I am able to be the happy and healthy person I am today.”
“Now, knowing even more women won’t have the opportunity to seek safe termination and choose their bodies first is absolutely heartbreaking. In a world that constantly marginalizes females, this feels like the biggest assault of them all,” she said. “Banning abortion doesn’t prevent abortions, it prevents safe abortions.”
Supreme Court justices ruled 5-4 Friday to end federal protections of abortion rights that were enacted in the 1973 case Roe v Wade.
Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett voted in favor of the overturn, leaving abortion laws to be determined by the state. Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia have stopped offering abortion services after Friday’s ruling.
Walker isn’t the first celebrity to speak out against the ruling. Viola Davis, Stephen King, Taylor Swift and Seth MacFarlane have all shared their reactions to the ruling.
Swift took to Twitter on Friday saying, “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.”
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. https://t.co/mwK561oxxl
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 24, 2022
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