The Obamas have joined the conversation surrounding the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion of Roe v. Wade.
On Tuesday (May 3), former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama released a joint statement after news broke of the landmark case's impending overturn. The pair condemned the Supreme Courts' leaked decision and urged those enraged by the move to vote.
The Obamas said overturning federal protection of abortion rights "will relegate the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues.”
“The consequences of this decision would be a blow not just to women, but to all of us who believe that in a free society, there are limits to how much the government can encroach on our personal lives," they continued.
The couple noted that overturning Roe V. Wade wouldn't stop abortions altogether — it would only allow people with more income to travel for the procedure.
“Meanwhile, those without enough money or access to transportation or ability to take off from school or work would face the same circumstances most women faced before Roe, desperately seeking out illegal abortions that inevitably pose grave risks to their health, their future ability to bear children, and sometimes their lives,” the Obamas said.
They closed their public statement by pushing people to the polls.
“In the end, if we want judges who will protect all, and not just some, of our rights, then we’ve got to elect officials committed to doing the same,” the Obamas stated.