Legendary actress Rita Moreno reflected on her near-fatal abortion and said she was “depressed” by the ruling.
The Puerto Rican actress and singer spoke to Variety’s Marc Malkin on Friday about her life-threatening abortion and thoughts on Roe v. Wade being overturned.
Moreno became pregnant by her then-boyfriend Marlon Brando before abortion was legalized in 1973. Brando paid a doctor $ 500 to perform the abortion, but Moreno later discovered the doctor did not perform the full abortion and had to go to the hospital.
“I did not know it then, but I could have died. What a mess. What a dreadful mess,” she said.
Moreno said she’s thinking about young girls, especially those who become pregnant by rape or incest, in the wake of the news.
“We loud mouths are going to have to get busy,” she said. “There are many of us. I’m thinking what are we going to do about this? If anything, this has reactivated us.”
While headlining Glastonbury Festival in England, singer Billie Eilish spoke about the Supreme Court’s decision.
According to BBCEilish took some time during her set at the festival on Friday to discuss the reality for women in America.
“Today is a really, really dark day for women in the US,” she said on the Pyramid Stage. “I’m just going to say that because I can not bear to think about it any longer.”
“Dancing with the Stars” instructor Cheryl Burke said that the Supreme Court’s decision “weighs heavy in my heart because I had an abortion when I was 18 years old.”
“I was saddened by the news this morning and it weighs heavily in my heart because I had an abortion when I was 18 years old,” Burke said. “If it was not for places like Planned Parenthood, I would be a mother and I would not have been a great mother and I definitely would not be sitting here with you today.”
She later added: “You’re taking away women’s rights, our bodies, our freedom. Our bodies have nothing to do with anybody else, right? This is a decision that we need to make.”
Actress and activist Sophia Bush wrote on Instagram that the Supreme Court has “made the immensely private into something public & political.”
Bush shared a video of a woven blanket with the word “Rights” on it being undone on Instagram Friday. In the accompanying caption, she wrote several paragraphs on reproductive rights, also referencing Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion that the court should “reconsider” rulings on contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.
“They are coming for contraception. They are coming for marriage equality. They are working to turn us into a fundamentalist nation, despite this nation existing because people wanted to escape religious fundamentalism. It is DIRE,” Bush wrote. “But I will say this to you, my sisters and friends and our allies. WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY. WE WILL NOT BE DETERRED.”
Model Meadow Walker called the reversal of Roe v. Wade a “huge setback in history” and revealed she had an abortion in 2020.
“There are countless women who have struggled with the decision to have an abortion. I too battled with the choice in 2020, when the world was collapsing during the pandemic, I sought an abortion,” Walker shared on Instagram Friday. “It is a very private and personal experience – the way it should be.”
The model added: “In a world that constantly marginalizes females, this feels like the biggest assault of them all. Banning abortions does not prevent abortions, it prevents safe abortions.”