Barack & Michelle Obama Issue Powerful Statements After U.S. Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in a landmark ruling on Friday morning (June 24). The historic decision, arriving a month after Politico published the Supreme Court abortion draft opinion, will eliminate women’s constitutional right to safe abortion procedures after existing for half a century. Sparking outrage across the country in the aftermath of the ruling, former President Barack Obama offered his thoughts on the controversial decision, stating it attacks “the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.”

“Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent,” Obama expressed in a statement. “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.”