‘I’m Feeling Disoriented’ – A Disappointed Martina Navratilova Looks Back at Her Past as She Reacts to Roe vs Wade Overturn

Published 06/25/2022, 7:45 AM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 16: Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, speaks during the Australian Open Women In Focus Lunch at M on the Bud on October 16, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Hu Chengwei/Getty Images for Tennis Australia)

Yesterday, the 24th of June, the Supreme Court of the United States of America overturned the historic Roe vs Wade judgment. Not being able to resist, the 59-time Grand Slam champion, Martina Navratilova, expressed her views on the matter.

The Roe vs Wade Judgment was a historic judgment passed by the American Supreme Court in 1973. Predominantly concerning women, the law officially legalized abortion in the US. After being in force for close to 50 years, the SCOTUS yesterday announced the overturning of the law. Following the overruling, every American state can now have its own abortion law.

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Martina Navratilova on the overruling of Roe vs Wade

The Czech-American legend uses her social media handles to put forward her views on varied matters. Learning about the Roe vs Wade verdict, Navratilova took to her Twitter handle, putting forward her strong opinion.

As is known by many, Navratilova was primarily a Czechoslovakian national. However, owing to the communist regime in Czechoslovakia during that time, she moved to the USA in 1975. The move led to Navratilova getting stripped off her Czech nationality. Being in a political asylum in the US, she became an American citizen in 1981.

Staying in the USA ever since then, Navratilova is well versed with the American culture and ideology. However, the Roe vs Wade decision took her back in time as she recalled the ‘totalitarian’ regime during her time in Czechoslovakia.

Taking to her Twitter handle, she wrote, “I feel like I am back in a totalitarian country where I grew up- Czech Republic, now a thriving democracy- and I am feeling disoriented. After Soviet Union fell and Czechoslovakia and all Soviet bloc countries were freed I thought what a world we can now have. And now?”

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Other players who expressed their concern over the Roe vs Wade judgement

Like Navratilova, a number of other plays also came forward to express their views on the matter. Legendary player Billie Jean King took to her Twitter handle, asserting that the judgement will end safe and legal access to abortion.

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Following Navratilova and King, 18-year-old Coco Gauff also expressed her concern over the overruling. Putting up the same point as Billie Jean King, Gauff called it a sad day for the USA. Apart from Gauff, Naomi Osaka took to her Instagram handle, sharing a post by the former First Lady of America, Michelle Obama.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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