By Terrance Turner
June 27, 2022
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow spoke out on social media today after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 case of Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide. In a 6-3 ruling, the Court upheld a 2018 abortion ban passed by Republicans in the Mississippi Legislature and ruled that the United States Constitution does not confer the right to an abortion. In doing so, it strikes down the 1973 verdict as well as a 1992 decision that upheld abortion rights, known as Planned Parenthood vs. Casey.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Comey Barrett. “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote. (Chief Justice John Roberts also concurred with the Mississippi ban but stopped short of endorsing a nationwide ban.) As a result of this decision, at least 13 states have automatically begun “trigger laws” that ban all abortions statewide. In many of these states (like Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas), there are no exceptions for rape or incest.
And mere hours after the decision, a federal court judge lifted the injunction on Ohio’s abortion ban, which criminalizes abortions after fetal cardiac activity is detected, about six weeks into a pregnancy. According to USA Today, the Ohio law has an exception to save the life of a patient, but makes no exceptions for rape or incest.
Burrow made mention of those scenarios in his post today. He posted to his Instagram Stories today, sharing a user’s post without any accompanying text. The post read:
“I’m not pro-murdering babies.
I’m pro-Becky, who found at her 20-week anatomy scan that the infant she had been so excited to bring into this world had developed without life-sustaining organs.
I’m pro-Susan, who was sexually assaulted on her way home from work, only to come to the horrific realization that her assailant planted his seed in her when she got a positive pregnancy test result a month later.
I’m pro-Theresa, who hemorrhaged due to a placental abruption, causing her parents, spouse, and children to have to make the impossible decision whether to save her or her unborn child.
I’m pro-little Cathy who had her innocence ripped from her by someone she should have been able to trust and her 11-year-old body isn’t mature enough to bear the consequence of that betrayal.”From Instagram.
The post continues with multiple scenarios in which abortion would be a necessary or important option, concluding with: “You can argue and say that I’m pro-choice all you want, but the truth is: I’m pro-life. Their lives. Women’s lives.”