On Friday, the US Supreme Court decided to overrule the landmark legal precedent granting federal abortion rights. The explosive ruling immediately prompted thousands of outraged abortion activists to hit the US streets.
Prominent billionaires Bill Gates and George Soros have added their condemnation of the US Supreme Court decision to strike down Roe v. Wade to that of those taking to the US streets.
Gates, for his part, said that Friday was a “sad day” marking an “unjust and unacceptable setback” that puts “women’s lives at risk, especially the most disadvantaged.”
This is a sad day. Reversing Roe v. Wade is an unjust and unacceptable setback. And it puts women’s lives at risk, especially the most disadvantaged.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) June 24, 2022
His ex-wife Melinda French Gates also weighed in on the ruling.
“One court decision was never going to be enough to protect women’s equality,” she tweeted. “And it will not be enough to dismantle it either. Right now, there are people all over the US who are recommitting to the work ahead.”
She said that the Friday decision is “America taking a big step backward”. According to French Gates, the US government should include more women so that they have an equal voice and could have a say in vital issues regarding women’s health, among other things.
In turn, investor George Soros branded the SCOTUS ruling an “assault on human rights”, which his Open Society foundation estimates may damage global democracy. Soros also added that the decision “greatly threatens reproductive care”.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn #RoeVWade ends federal protections for abortion, diminishes human rights, and greatly threatens reproductive care. We have invested in reproductive rights organizations that are fighting back at this moment. https://t.co/krAQaJRMCV
— George Soros (@georgesoros) June 24, 2022
The bombshell decision was made by the conservative majority in the Supreme Court, with three judges dissenting. It has already triggered massive protests across the country, with pro-choice activists flocking to the streets of Washington DC, New York, Seattle, Denver, and other major US cities.
Prominent conservatives, however, hailed the ruling. Among them were former president Donald Trump, who celebrated the decision and took credit for appointing judges that pushed it through, as well as Fox News host Tucker Carlson. The latter said that Roe v. Wade was “a political document” and “poison” to the credibility of the Supreme Court.