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Barack Obama’s Response to Supreme Court Ruling One of Discontent

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 Friday, June 24th, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision overturning an almost half-a-century-old statute Roe vs. Wade. Today former President Barack Obama had some words for the nation. 

 

President Obama A Voice of Many

 

President Obama has joined many others in expressing his discontent with the decision made by the justices who hold office in the highest court of the land. In a ruling of 5-4, the supreme court reversed the 1973 precedent allowing women the choice of an informed decision on the termination of a pregnancy. After the reversal, the power to decide on abortion rights falls back to the states. As written in the LA Times,

 

“The court’s conservative majority said the Constitution does not protect the right to abortion instead leaving the decision to state lawmakers.”

 

Obama Echoes the Discontent

 

Today many citizens of the United States were enraged, and President Obama was among the number. And he used his social media platform to express his exact sentiments.

 

His Response

 

Obama did not mince his words. The former president called the supreme court ruling an assault on freedom. And he boiled down the decision-making to personal ideology shifting the focus from the collective. In his words,

 

“The Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, 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.

 

Holding Up a Mirror

 

Obama’s words were not only a pen of the voiceless, ignored, and invisible. Obama also held up a mirror, forcing readers to reflect on the crux of societal regression. 

 

Progression vs. Regression

 

Regardless of agreement or disagreement with the ruling, the precedent of such a ruling is undeniable. As it was so aptly penned in the LA times,

 

“The 5-4 ruling marks the most significant curtailing of an established constitutional right in the court’s history.

 

And if a society is not going forward, it’s going backward.

 

One cannot predict the days ahead. However, one thing is sure Americans have an indomitable fighting spirit. So, there is undoubtedly more to come upon the horizon. And FM Hip Hop will stand on the lines and provide ongoing coverage. 

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Written by Renae Richardson

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