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Video: Megan Rapinoe and Other Athletes Criticized the Abortion Ruling

  • June 25, 2022

The W.N.B.A. players’ union said in a statement on Friday that the ruling could “reinforce economic, social and political inequalities and could lead to higher rates of maternal mortality while eviscerating rights to reproductive freedom for everyone.” An N.W.S.L. statement called it a denial of “full liberty and equality.”

A number of athletes posted their opposition to the ruling on their social media accounts, with the N.B.A. star LeBron James writing, “It’s absolutely about power control” in an all-caps post to Twitter, and Coco Gauff, the world No. 12-ranked women’s tennis player, posting that she was “incredibly disappointed by the decision made today.”

Two league commissioners, Adam Silver of the N.B.A. and Cathy Engelbert of the W.N.B.A., said in a joint statement that the leagues “believe that women should be able to make their own decisions concerning their health and future.” They added that they would work among other things to ensure that employees “have access to reproductive health care, regardless of their location.”

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