Poker World responds to Roe v. Wade with personal stories and calls to action


The United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision on Friday, choosing to overturn Roe v. Wade by a count of 6-3 (or 5-4, depending on how you interpret the concurring opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts), effectively making abortion rights a state-by-state issue now. Several states, mostly in the South, already had trigger laws in place that automatically made abortion access illegal after a certain number of weeks.

The Supreme Court voted 6 to 3 to overturn Roe v Wade, prompting several responses from the poker community. (Picture: USA Today)

Poker Twitter is never shy about hot topics or good debates, and sure enough, several of the biggest names in poker were quick to express their views, and especially their disgust, at the decision. Some were inspired to share their own personal stories, while others were moved to act immediately. We’ve highlighted some of the best answers from the poker world in the list below.

Farah Galfond shares her story

One of the most striking stories was shared by Farah Galfond, a high-stakes poker pro, who is also married to online poker legend Phil Galfond. She shared a very personal story of how she miscarried at 13 weeks, with a fetus that had a chromosomal abnormality. She said in a follow-up tweet that she would have had an abortion had she not miscarried from the defect.

Danielle “Dmoongirl” Anderson is always ready to discuss a subject or two on Twitter, and she was understandably excited about the news. She recalled the feeling she felt in 2016 when Donald Trump was elected president. Poker Pro Friend Maria Ho has often spoken out on social media regarding social justice issues. The last woman standing multiple times in the Main Event, Ho also made an appearance on the Amazing Race with her friend and fellow poker pro Tiffany Michelle. Ho also expressed his despair over the decision on Twitter.

Dan Smith inspired to take action

Dan Smith, who just won the $25,000 Heads Up event for his first bracelet earlier this month, is hosting a matching donation event for abortionfunds.org. At 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, it evened over $50,000. This is not the first time that Smith has organized such a charity event. In 2019, Smith hosted a Christmas charity event where he matched $1,500,000 in donations.

The reigning WSOP Player of the Year and third in the 2004 Main Event Josh Arieh tweeted Smith and said he was in on it too to apparently match the donations. Arieh cited her two daughters as inspiration for doing so. Jen Shahade also tweeted that she plans to donate a portion of her upcoming WSOP funds to the same cause.

In addition to the news that has been devastating to so many, some poker pros like Ryan Laplante have expressed concern that this reversal is just the beginning of what is to come from the Supreme Court. It was is quick to point out that one of the Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn, Clarence Thomas, also mentioned other cases he wants to reconsider, including contraception and same-sex marriage. Laplante announced he was gay several years ago and is currently engaged to his fiancé.

Finally, Justin Bonomo, tAn all-time money winner in live poker tournaments, he has often spoken out for equality and women’s rights in the past. He didn’t mince words when it came to his thoughts on the decision.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Find out how your comment data is handled.

Did you know our poker forum?

Discuss all the latest poker news on the CardsChat Forum

Previous Brookstone Capital Management reduces its equity position in Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:BKNG)
Next Holiday resorts to discover by bike