The day when the Supreme Court violated the title of IX Party

But Friday murmured sadly. By taking the ax against Wade, an important decision that guaranteed women the right to abortion almost 50 years ago, the Supreme Court shattered the signal of freedom in the fight for gender equality – a freedom that has helped female athletes achieve the fame that many now have. Take for granted.

Tears welled up in the eyes of football star Megan Rapinoe as she spoke at the press conference. Rapino called the time of the Supreme Court “cruel” and spoke of life in the country, “where you have a constant, violent, relentless wave against you, like a woman attacking.”

King, who has been a major torch bearer for women in sports all these years, has clearly expressed his disgust. “This decision will not end abortion” He wrote on Twitter. “What will end is safe and legal access to this vital medical procedure. It is a sad day in the United States. ”

I called Chris Perham, a three-time Olympic medalist in swimming, who spoke to me last year about an abortion he received in college, an experience that led him to sign a lawsuit in support of Roy filed in the Supreme Court last year. When I spoke to him on Friday, I heard the despair that King and Rapino shared.

“It’s very hypocritical to listen to everyone who mentions more opportunities for girls and then say, ‘Oh, by the way, if you have “An ectopic pregnancy or a decision to terminate the pregnancy could put you in jail,” Perham said.

Perham won many national championships at the University of Arizona on a scholarship that probably would not have existed without the IX title. She was among the 500 signatories to the briefing, alongside Rapinoe, Olympic water polo player Ashley Johnson, and the WNBA and Women’s National Football League players’ associations.

Their argument was straightforward.

Having allowed female athletes to plan exactly when and if they wanted to give birth, this is no small feat given the time when performers have to climb to the top of the competition. In addition, the line links the right to control one’s own body with the empowerment and self-confidence that currently lead to extraordinary success for women in sports.

As just one example, consider the success of the U.S. team at the Tokyo Olympics. American women took home most of the gold medals, a dominant performance that “would not be possible without reproductive rights and the right to abortion,” said Joanna Wright, an attorney who assisted the author of the short article in an October interview.

Think about how far we have come in 50 years.

We will not be surprised when women’s college basketball and basketball stand at the center of National Television.

We will not be surprised to see women earning millions from approvals or receiving the same prize money as men in professional tennis.

We should not be surprised at how sport and law intersected in the early 1970s to create the world in which we now live.

In 1972, the IX title became law, and abortion became legal a year later, in 1973. In the same window, women’s sports gained new legitimacy among the masses when King sided with Bobby Riggs in the fight against sex and promoted the legitimacy of women’s professional tennis.

In the 1970s, Jay Berman was a senior aide to Indiana Senator Birch Baih, dubbed the “Father of the IX Title” for writing legislation and assisting in running it in the Senate.

We just got a lesson, Berman, 84, told me on Friday in a sad voice. Women’s rights should not be taken for granted in sports or any other part of life. The fight continues. “Every day,” he said. “Everyday.”

Of course, there are opponents of abortion in sports, mostly Christian evangelicals. On Friday they remained mostly silent, at least from my observation, though former NFL Benjamin Watson Wrote on Twitter That, “this reversal of jurisprudence marks an era of disregard for human dignity sanctioned by the state, where profitability has surpassed that of the individual.”

I have been writing about women sports lately. I talked to women athletes about recognizing their strength. About the role of journalists in this effort. And about what a difficult balance it is to establish yourself as the best performer, to plan for family, and to strive for reproductive health.

I feel a kinship with these women. In them I see mother, wife, cousins, colleagues and friends. As a black man living in America, their struggle for empowerment is the one I connect with and think about.

Much of any success I have had in life comes from my father’s accomplishments. In the early 1950s, he became one of the first black basketball players at the University of Oregon. My father’s college sports scholarship, college education, and sports connections took his family into the middle class.

Oregon did not have a women’s basketball team when my father was playing. This did not happen, at least in an elitist and well-funded way, as we see today, until the IX title, which was adopted over a seven-month period during which the two fundamental laws of equal rights for women became law. Now only one pillar stands.

This week began with a celebration of advancement supported by athletes such as King and Perham. It ended in uncertainty.

“Disgust, frustration, bored,” read A. Social media post from TOGETHXRA media company created by soccer star Alex Morgan, snowboarder Chloe Kim, swimmer Simon Manuel and basketball player Sue Bird.

“But, we are not done,” the statement continued. “We will never stop fighting.”

There is a new generation of female athletes and they do not lean. That alone is the reason for the celebration at this inconvenient time.

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