Ashley Spencer and Allyson Felix, both Olympic medalists in athletics, shot the Supreme Court ruling that Roe v. Wade . destroyed† The law had made abortion legal for 50 years.
Spencer, 29, of Indianapolis, won a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. After qualifying for the U.S. Championship Finals in Eugene, Oregon on Friday, she said:
“Women are being attacked in this country. So my time doesn’t matter. My performance on the track doesn’t matter. What matters is the rights of women who are being attacked.
“The choice we have over our bodies has just been taken away from us. And as a female athlete we already don’t get equal pay, equal opportunities, equal support. And so now as a woman I don’t even have control over my own body.
‘I am first and foremost a woman. And that’s not fair. That is not true. This land, this globe, is made up of a woman’s womb. And now a woman’s womb is under a governing body. I have no control over myself. And it’s heartbreaking that I can stand here, represent this country, and not get the support I need from this country that I love so much.
“My body is not something to be governed. It’s something to support and celebrate. And that is the most important right now.”
Spencer, after setting her fastest time since 2019 in a semi-final, tripped and fell over the first hurdle on Saturday. Coincidentally, she was inducted into the Indiana Track and Field Hall of Fame on Saturday. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Felix, 36, is a five-time Olympian. Her 11 medals are the most ever in women’s athletics. Felix, who announced this would be her last season, has been outspoken on women’s issues in recent years.
“Every time women’s rights are taken away, it’s a sad day,” Felix said. “I will always fight for women. I will always fight for them to have the ability to make their own decisions.”
She finished sixth in the 400 meters and will compete in the relay at the upcoming World Championships in Eugene.
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