Law & Politics
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.
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.
When I miscarried at 13 weeks, my doctor was on vacation in Orange County. He got on the next plane to Vegas to perform an after-hours D&C. He said that at 13 weeks I had no other choice. It was going to take a long time to pass all the tissues naturally and the pain was HUGE. It’s also https://t.co/m6VrW7xtsu
— Farah Galfond (@Farah_Galfond) June 24, 2022
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.
And that’s why I stood in front of the TV and cried when Trump won the election…
The only positive effect I can find right now is that my son will be able to vote in just over 3 years. I really believe that his generation will not tolerate this fake bullshit. The clock is turning. ✊🏽
— Danielle Andersen (@dmoongirl) June 24, 2022
Today brings a devastating and horrifying reality for all women as we lose our right to choose what is best for our bodies and I shudder at the thought of what future generations may have to endure. Make some noise and keep fighting. America is not that. #RoeVsWade
— Maria Ho (@MariaHo) June 24, 2022
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.
Scary times for America.
I’m working on setting up a matching challenge for https://t.co/h9HzH55wuY, but I have a few logistics to deal with in the meantime.
Someone very knowledgeable in the effective giving space recommended them, if you want to support, a great option.
— Dan Smith (@DanSmithHolla) June 24, 2022
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.
Devastated to learn that #RoeVsWade is overthrown.
I’m leaving today for #wsop and I will donate part of my share to @AbortionFunds, because everyone deserves to make decisions about their body. https://t.co/ocVqziXzI5#allinforabortionaccess pic.twitter.com/PRTAV9f36H
— Jennifer Shahade (@JenShahade) June 24, 2022
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.
Judge Thomas agrees:
“For this reason, in future cases, we should consider all of the substantive due process precedents of this court, including: Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell.”
Indeed: He openly says that gay marriage is next.
— Ryan Laplante🏳️🌈 (@Protentialmn) June 24, 2022
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.
64% of Americans oppose overturning Roe v Wade
But there are 6 human beings, who didn’t win the election, who are serving *a life sentence*, who don’t care what we want.
5 of them were nominated by presidents who lost the popular vote
Our system is so stupid
— Bonological (@JustinBonomo) June 24, 2022