‘Absolutely terrified’: Swift’s stunning statement

Taylor Swift has led a tidal wave of horrified celebrity reactions to the US Supreme Court decision that will strip abortion rights from millions.

US pop star Taylor Swift has led celebrity reactions to the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a landmark ruling, which will result in abortion rights being stripped from millions of women.

Roe v Wade, which in 1973 provided the constitutional right to abortions up until foetal viability, was sensationally overturned on Friday, local time, in a decision that promises to further drive political divisions across America.

The court voted 6-3, along party lines, in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organisation, which involved Mississippi’s attempt to ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

“Abortion presents a profound moral question,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion. “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion.”

Justice Alito added: “The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”

The news has left countless people reeling, with Hollywood A-listers condemning it on their social media accounts.

Swift, 32, said she was “absolutely terrified”, as she shared a lengthy statement from former US First Lady Michelle Obama, who described her “heartbreak” over the decision.

Oscar winning actress Halle Berry dubbed the result “bulls***” and a “war on women”, with Elizabeth Banks’ expert response summing up the news in a simple sentence: “Everybody gets a gun but nobody gets bodily autonomy.”

The decision means abortion rights will now be determined by individual states. Almost half of the country’s states have or will pass laws that ban abortion, while others have enacted strict measures regulating the procedure.

Some dormant state laws will be reactivated, and will make it illegal to have an abortion even in cases of rape or incest. Anyone who performs an abortion in states that criminalise it will be charged with a felony and face up to 15 years jail time.

US President Joe Biden criticised the Supreme Court’s decision and called for Congress to codify the right to an abortion – something that’s unlikely to say the least, given the split balance of power in the Senate.

“It’s a sad day for the court and the country. Today the Supreme Court of the United States expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people that it had already recognised,” Mr Biden said in delivered remarks from the White House on Friday afternoon, local time.

“It was three justices named by one president, Donald Trump, who were the core of today’s decision to upend the scales of justice and eliminate a fundamental right for women in this country. Make no mistake, this decision is a culmination of a deliberate effort over decades to upset the balance of our law.

“It’s a realisation of an extreme ideology and a tragic error of the Supreme Court in my view.

“The court has done what it’s never done before, expressly take away a constitutional right that is so fundamental to so many Americans that had already been recognised. The court’s decision to do so will have real and immediate consequences.”

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