The 2022 WNBA season began Friday and basketball players are no strangers to the political situation the United States is going through with regards to abortion. That’s why they decided from the competition to put together an initiative to defend the right to legally interrupt pregnancy.
The origin of this problem arose after the political newspaper published a draft ruling of the US Supreme Court indicating the abolition of the right to abortion at the federal level, in force since 1973, that would allow the most conservative states to restrict and even repeal this right. That is why a vote will likely be held on Wednesday so that different lawmakers will make a decision on the matter.
In this sense, the Women’s Basketball Association has decided to make a statement detailing: “The WNBA believes that all women have the right to autonomy in their own bodies and fair and equal access to health care.”
And added: “We must also work to protect women’s rights, and elections have consequences. That is why the focus on civic participation and the right to vote will continue as the 2022 WNBA season begins.”
In addition, various players such as Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) or Tiana Hawkins (Washington Mystics) have expressed their discontent through social networks where they have revealed their rejection of the possibility of interruption in pregnancy.
Even in the Atlanta Dream they also made a post 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 raise the voices of women and girls.”