Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States reversed 50 years of precedent and reversed the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision that gave women the federal right to have an abortion.
While the ruling was expected due to a preliminary copy of the brief being leaked in May, many were still shocked the SCOTUS actually voted to send the decision as to whether or not abortion is legal back to the respective states.
Many disapprove of the SCOTUS reversal of Roe, according to a report by CNN. However, some celebrated the ruling.
Black Americans were among the many who weighed in on the Roe vs. Wade decision. One of the frequent points made was the objection to the rising of states’ rights (since states’ rights led to slavery in the past) as well as whether Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was racist and on a mission to exterminate Black babies.
Here are some reactions to the Roe vs. Wade decision and the rise of state rights from Black Americans on Twitter.
“This is not specific to Roe v Wade, but I’m not a fan of states rights, for obvious reasons,” ADOS co-founder Yvette Carnell tweeted. “Let the states decide” has rarely worked out for my people. Either we’re a country w/ shared values, values that show up in our policies, in all 50 states, or we’re just one big lie.”
“We did states rights before….if you recall southern states had an, um, unique economy,” author and former South Carolina Rep. Bakari Sellers agreed.
“If this doesn’t motivate a general strike, nothing will,” activist and former Ohio senator Nina Turner tweeted. “Americans must demand the Supreme Court is expanded, that Roe is codified, and that big money gets out of politics. It’s now or never.”
“One more thing,” Turner added, “the whole ‘states’ rights’ thing did not work out too well for the Black community.”
“I’m for the right to choose but I’m not happy about Black people being only 12% of the population and consistently over 36% of abortions but not only does nobody seemed concerned about that, but Black women are used as the poster children for why we need abortions to be legal,” Twitter user @blackintheempir wrote.
“Why they keep saying that black women are going to be hurt the most by overturning the abortion rights. Like they care about black women. Pleeeese,” @newmenowwhat tweeted.
“B***hes be like ‘the baby gone be poor so it don’t deserve to live,’” @Ivechanged5 tweeted.
“Abortions were deliberately in black neighborhoods before it was called planned parenthood back when it was called controlled parenthood. I thought we wanted to combat yt supremacy,” @IntellectWise responded to @Ivechanged5’s comment.
“I’m requesting a trade of Clarence Thomas from the Supreme Court. He’s horrible!” activist Gary Chambers Jr. tweeted. “On behalf of all Black men in America who love Black women, father Black children, live & build the Black community & believe like I do that he does not represent the thinking of most Black men.”
Activist Boyce Watkins tweeted a quote for Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. “The most serious evil of our times is that of encouraging bringing into the world of large families.,” Sanger’s quote read. “The most immoral practice of the day is breeding too many children. The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
Watkins tweeted his own words in reference to abortion and Sanger the following day. “It’s ok to do what you want on abortion, just stop pretending Margaret Sanger wasn’t a horrible racist who wanted to exterminate black people and used so called black leaders to do it,” Watkins wrote.
“How’s Uncle Clarence feeling about Overturning Loving v Virginia??!!” actor Samuel l. Jackson tweeted.
“Dear Black women: Don’t let the Democratics trick you. They secretly wanted #RoeVsWade to get overturned so they can use that to scare y’all into voting,” @TheAfroElite wrote.
“Freedmen! Let us not be distracted by the Roe v Wade decision. We need to stay focused on OUR issue which is Reparations. That is the decision that counts,” @Apanage21 tweeted.
“African Americans are accustomed to adverse SCOTUS rulings. We are clear about the impact of conservative rulings and the promotion of states rights. @scandalabc,” journalist Roland Martin chimed in. “Papa Pope, do what you do…#WeTriedToTellYa.”
“Like slavery and Segregation and suppressing Black Americans ability to select the candidate of your choice because that’s what States have done and are doing right now,” @IfMarys wrote. “States don’t have the right to CHOOSE what gun laws they want to enact, so you are not about States rights.”
One user simply posted a meme in response.
PHOTO: Nea Walker hangs a sign on the fence in front of the Georgia State Capitol while protesting the overturning of Roe v. Wade on Sunday, June 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)