On Friday, United States Women’s National Soccer Team star Megan Rapinoe made impassioned comments about abortion rights, including calling out men who have been “silent” on the issue.
“I wish we could talk about football today,” Rapinoe told reporters the day before the American team’s friendly match against Colombia. “But obviously with the decision on Roe v. Wade today, that takes precedence over everything.”
She added that it was ‘difficult to express in words’ how upset she and her teammates were by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark decision that protected the right to abortion in the United States. .
Rapinoe, who is engaged to WNBA star Sue Bird, is a strong advocate for LGBTQ and women’s rights.
“Obviously you can understand, from an individual point of view, how difficult it is to live in a country where you have a constant, relentless and violent tide against you, an onslaught, as a woman.. .as a queer person, and as a non-binary person, as a trans person, whoever it is going to affect, because it affects so much more than women or cis women,” she says.
At one point, Rapinoe specifically addressed men who didn’t speak out about abortion rights.
“You’ve been quiet with us, on the whole,” she said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Get up, say something. She’s your wife, she’s your sister, she’s your friend, she’s your girlfriend, she’s the mother of your children. It’s all of us. And you allow a violent and constant attack on the autonomy of women’s bodies, on women’s rights, on women’s minds, on our hearts, on our souls.
She added that she encouraged people to “try to understand the intersectionality” of how the decision would affect people, noting that she is a “rich, cisgender white woman” who has protections that many people don’t. don’t have.
“We know this will disproportionately affect poor women, black women, brown women, immigrants, women in abusive relationships, women who have been raped, women and girls who have been raped by members of family, who, you know what, just might not make the best choice,” Rapinoe said. “And that’s no reason to be forced to have a pregnancy. This will completely exacerbate so many existing inequalities that we have in our country.
Her teammate Lindsey Horan also spoke about the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday, according to The Bleacher Report.
“I’m still a bit shocked and trying to figure it all out, but I feel like this is a step backwards for our country,” she said.
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