In SummaryPlayers from the WNBA came together to publicly criticize the new Texas abortion law not only for their players, but for all women affected by the law.
The Women’s National Basketball Players Association (the players’ union for the WNBA) publicly condemned the Texas abortion ban by taking out a full-page ad in the Sunday print edition of The New York Times.
The WNBPA partnered with Planned Parenthood, Athletes for Impact and Seeding Sovereignty to post the ad.
“You come for one of us, you come for all of us!” wrote Minnesota Lynx player Layshia Clarendon, the first openly nonbinary WNBA athlete.
The note was followed by strong and supportive words from the WNBPA.
“Abortion, birth control, and fertility care are vital—not just for athletes who can get pregnant, but for all families and gender identities,” the player’s union wrote. “That’s why we as members of the WNBPA are proud to stand with everyone who’s fighting back against the cruel abortion bans in Texas and across the country.”
“Reproductive rights are human rights. Family planning is freedom,” the ad states. “… Because this isn’t just our fight. It’s everyones. Our bodies, our health, and our futures are our OWN. Together, let’s tell politicians to keep their hands off our reproductive rights – and their #BansOffOurBodies.”
The law bans abortions after six weeks, which is before some women even know they’re pregnant. It is now the most restrictive abortion law in the country and allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone who “aids and abets it.”
While patients cannot be sued, workers, including clinic staff and even rideshare drivers, can be sued for $10,000.
More than 500 women athletes, including WNBA players, demanded the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold abortion rights.
“We’re putting a stake in the ground,” Clarendon said. “This directly affects a lot of people in our league as a women’s league and a league of people with uteruses.”
“We just want to be an example and be a shining light, but it’s cool to see there were so many different athletes who signed that brief.”