Obama tweeted about Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a decision released by the Supreme Court on Friday that overturned the constitutional right to abortion and has been a political focus since an early draft of the document was released in May.
“Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent,” Obama said in a tweet. “It relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues — attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.”
Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 24, 2022
Former first lady Michelle Obama echoed those notions.
“I am heartbroken that we may now be destined to learn the painful lessons of a time before Roe was made law of the land, a time when women risked losing their loves getting illegal abortions,” she said in a statement. “A time when the government denied women control over their reproductive functions, forced them to move forward with pregnancies they didn’t want, and then abandoned them once their babies were born. This is what our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived through, and now we are here again.”
Michelle Obama said the decision will have “devastating consequences” but could also be a “wake-up call” to young people. She also called for supporters to get involved in pro-abortion organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the United States of Women and to “get up and find the courage to keep working toward creating the more just America we all deserve.”