The first Monday in May is typically a glamorous affair, but memorable Met Gala fashion moments were interrupted on May 2, 2022.
All while the star-studded event was underway, news of a SCOTUS Roe v. Wade leak stole the spotlight. A Politico (opens in new tab) exclusive on Monday included a draft majority opinion from Justice Samuel Alito, a February 2022 document that revealed that the country's highest court has voted to strike down the 1973 Roe v. Wade and 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey rulings.
Although Politico stated that this is not yet confirmed, as justices can change their votes and multiple drafts can be submitted—"the court’s holding will not be final until it is published, likely in the next two months"—the news sent Americans into a panic at the possibility of the landmark case being overturned.
The 98-page document is included in full on Politico. Part of it reads: "We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."
It continues: “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
Unsurprisingly, a firestorm erupted on social media. Now, even your favorite socially-minded actors and musicians are taking a stand against the possibility of overturning the law. Here's what's happening on social media.
What is happening with Roe v. Wade? Celebs react
1. Amy Schumer
Schumer, who has let her political beliefs be known in the past, encouraged women to protest at their local courthouse on Tuesday, May 3 at 5 pm.
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2. Ariana Grande
The "thank u next" singer took to Instagram (opens in new tab) Stories to share the Politico piece.
She followed up with a link to her Headcount page (opens in new tab), which states: "Get ready to vote with Ariana Grande for the 2022 midterm elections." Site visitors have the option to review resources, check if they're able to cast a vote, request a ballot and more.
"It's never been more necessary to make sure you and everyone you know and care about are registered to VOTE in ALL elections," she wrote.
3. Kat Dennings
The Dollface actress was not distracted at the time of the leak.
They did it on Met Gala night thinking we would be too distracted by Sebastian Stan’s pink suit to notice. Well we noticed motherfuckersMay 3, 2022
4. Hailey Bieber
The model reposted Hey Jane's explainer (below) to her Instagram (opens in new tab) Stories.
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5. George Takei
The Star Trek actor is incredibly vocal on his Twitter page.
"I am a pro-choice voter. And I will vote in November. Pass it on," he stated in one of many tweets on the issue.
I am a pro-choice voter. And I will vote in November. Pass it on.May 3, 2022
6. Natasha Lyonne
The Russian Doll actor's Twitter page (opens in new tab) is overflowing with retweets with thoughts from writers, musicians and politicians, including Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren.
"This does not stop with abortion. This expansion of state power will extend to voting rights, trans rights, marriage equality. It's anti-democratic. If you can make the argument that you can roll back rights in one area, you can in others. It's within the same line of case law."April 27, 2022
7. Busy Phillips
The actor shared the same post (opens in new tab) as Amy Schumer on Instagram, along with countless other links and thoughts.
"Show up. Be loud. The person who risked everything to leak that document did so with the knowledge that IT IS NOT YET DONE," Phillips wrote. "It’s a sham of a court put in place to do this exact thing and why? Because they’re afraid of what TRUE EQUALITY means for their own power."
8. Phoebe Bridgers
The songstress got candid on Instagram (opens in new tab) Stories with a personal experience.
"I had an abortion in October of last year while I was on tour. I went to planned parenthood where they gave me the abortion pill. It was easy. Everyone deserves that kind of access," she wrote before linking to places where women can donate.
Politicians weigh in on the Roe v. Wade leak
From President Joe Biden to Senator Elizabeth Warren, plenty of political figures have shared their thoughts on social media.
I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental. Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.We will be ready when any ruling is issued.May 3, 2022
An extremist Supreme Court is poised to overturn #RoeVWade and impose its far-right, unpopular views on the entire country. It's time for the millions who support the Constitution and abortion rights to stand up and make their voices heard. We're not going back—not ever.May 3, 2022
As we’ve warned, SCOTUS isn’t just coming for abortion - they’re coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on, which includes gay marriage + civil rights.Manchin is blocking Congress codifying Roe. House has seemingly forgotten about Clarence Thomas. These 2 points must change https://t.co/5Isec0osV0May 3, 2022
Women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights.An extreme wing of the Supreme Court may seek to deny that fundamental truth.They may try to force their views on a country where 70% of people want Roe upheld.We will not be quiet and we will not go back.May 3, 2022
What's next for Roe v. Wade?
Now that this US abortion law challenge has been presented, what will happen next?
Politico stated that we're likely to have an answer in the next two months, and President Biden has issued a statement, insisting that "we will be ready when any ruling is issued."
His final of three points states: "Third, if the Court does vote to overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation's elected officials at all levels of government to protect a women's right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November."
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The statement continues: "At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law."
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