USWNT star called abortion ruling 'sad and cruel'
The Supreme Court's recent ruling has sparked widespread protests in the United States.
, who has been the voice of human rights issues in the team, called the US Supreme Court ruling rejecting the right to abortion "sad and cruel."
Protests erupted in the United States after the Supreme Court lifted constitutional protection for those seeking abortion. According to the ruling, abortions may be banned in more than half of the US states, and now Rapinoe has joined the protests.
"It's hard to put into words how sad a day this is for me personally, for my team-mates, for all of the people who are out there who this is going to affect.
"It will completely exacerbate so many of the existing inequalities that we have in our country. It doesn't keep one single person safer, it doesn't keep one single child safer, certainly, and it does not keep women safer.
"We know that the lack of abortion does not stop people having abortions, it stops people from having safe abortions.
"I would encourage people to understand all of the different aspects that overturning Roe v Wade will have on everyone in the entire country.
"I just can't understate how sad and how cruel this is."
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