Women’s basketball in the United States and the campaign in favor of abortion
The 2022 WNBA season kicked off on Friday, and basketball players are no strangers to the political situation the United States is going through when it comes to abortion. This is why they decided from the competition to set up an initiative to defend the right to legally terminate a pregnancy.
The origin of this problem arose after the political newspaper published a draft decision of the Supreme Court of the United States indicating the abolition of the right to abortion at the federal level, in force since 1973, which would allow Most conservative states restrict and even repeal this right. That’s why a vote will likely take place on Wednesday for various lawmakers to make a decision on the matter.
In this sense, the Women’s Basketball Association has decided to issue a statement detailing: “The WNBA believes that all women have the right to autonomy over their own bodies and to fair and equal access to health care.”
And added: “We must also work to protect women’s rights, and elections have consequences. That’s why the focus on civic participation and voting rights will continue into the start of the 2022 WNBA season.
In addition, various actors such as Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) or Tiana Hawkins (Washington Mystics) expressed their dissatisfaction through social networks where they revealed their rejection of the possibility of a pregnancy termination.
Even in the Atlanta Dream, they also published an article in which they revealed: “At the Atlanta Dream, we fundamentally support a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.”
They concluded: “If Roe v. Wade (the 1973 ruling protecting the right to abortion) is overturned, it will disproportionately harm women and marginalized communities. We promise to continue to make the voices of women and girls heard.