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The Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade has generated growing numbers of factually inaccurate, unhinged reactions from many prominent voices across the sports and entertainment world.
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe unsurprisingly contributed to the bewildering redefinition of language in her statement on the ruling:
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Megan Rapinoe, #15 of the United States, looks on during a WNT Summer Series game against Nigeria at Q2 Stadium on June 16, 2021, in Austin, Texas.
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“I can’t understate how sad and cruel this is. I think the cruelty is the point. Because this is not pro-life by any means, this way of thinking, or political belief, is coupled with a complete lack of motivation around gun laws; it comes with a pro-death penalty, it comes with anti-healthcare, anti-prenatal care, anti-childcare, anti-pre-K, anti-food assistance, anti-welfare, anti-education, anti-maternity leave, anti-paternity leave.
“This is not pro-life. And it’s very frustrating and disheartening, and frankly just infuriating to hear that be the reason that people want to end abortion rights and end this vital aspect of a woman’s — not only healthcare and general basic safety in this country, but her bodily autonomy, and the right to freedom, and the pursuit of happiness and liberty, is being assaulted in this instance. And it’s just incredibly disheartening.”
Even if you agree with abortion, characterizing a decision that does nothing to prohibit abortions as “cruel” is absurd and purposefully inaccurate. The Court is simply returning to the states to the ability to determine for themselves, through legislation, what the rules should be in their condition.
Rapinoe also apparently believes that killing unborn babies does not meet the definition of “cruel” and that the possibility of more children being born is not “pro-life.”
United States’ Megan Rapinoe kneels before the women’s bronze medal soccer match against Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Kashima, Japan.
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She went further, blaming all men for the Supreme Court interpreting the Constitution in a way that she disagrees with:
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You are allowing a violent and consistent onslaught on the autonomy of women’s bodies, on women’s rights, on women’s minds, on our hearts, on our souls,’ Rapinoe said when asked what her message to men, as a monolith, would be. ‘We live in a country that forever tries to chip away at what you have enabled, at what you have been privileged enough to feel your entire life.
The fact that this type of rhetoric is encouraged and promoted by glowing media reports celebrating her bravery and “emotional response” is outrageous and inexcusable.
Beyond the ridiculous hyperbole that anyone who disagrees with her stance is pro “cruelty,” she engages in the same hypocrisy we typically see from those who share her ideology.
According to Rapinoe, her body and other women’s bodies are under attack. Still, as Katie Pavlich astutely points out, she’d have no answer if asked to describe what a woman is:
Women to Rapinoe are tools to be used and discarded as necessary. When it suits her needs, she’s a fierce advocate for what she determines to be women’s rights. However, when it comes to basic principles of biology and fairness in competition, she’s more than happy to erase them.
None of this is about protecting women’s ri; it’sit’s about political posturing. Rapinoe’s ideology demands that she engage in the unavoidable hypocrisy of claiming to care about women while being unable to define them. And she’s more than happy to oblige.
To her, it’s not a “violent and consistent onslaught on the autonomy of women’s bodies” when biological men transition, compete in women’s leagues and phy, and are socially dominatedominatespponents.
Arguing that the Supreme Court decision is an attack on women’s bodies is much less persuasive when you can’t even agree on what a woman’s body is.
Activists flocked to the Supreme Court following the overturn of Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, 2022. (Fox News Digital/Lisa Bennatan)
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Whether or not you think the Court’s ruling was justified, Rapinoe’s brand of inaccurate, hypocritical activism is yet another example of the absurd contradictions at the heart of modern progressive ideology.