By The Financial District
Bill Gates, George Soros Blast Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade
Updated: Jun 27, 2022
Some of America's most renowned billionaires have condemned the repeal of Roe v. Wade, while Warren Buffett allegedly prepares large donations to reproductive rights, Ryan Hogg reported for Business Insider.
Photo Insert: "The US Supreme Court's decision to overturn #RoeVWade ends federal protections for abortion, diminishes human rights, and greatly threatens reproductive care. We have invested in reproductive rights organizations that are fighting back at this moment." - George Soros
Bill and Melinda Gates, as well as George Soros, all expressed their disagreement to the Supreme Court's (SC) decision to roll back abortion rights nationwide, overturning a nearly 50-year tradition. Abortion is now illegal in 13 states that have trigger laws, and more are anticipated to follow.
Bill Gates tweeted: "This is a sad day. Reversing Roe v. Wade is an unjust and unacceptable setback. And it puts women's lives at risk, especially the most disadvantaged."
Gates' ex-wife Melinda Gates, who shares the Gates foundation with the Microsoft co-founder, tweeted: "Today, a government in which women have never had an equal voice reached deep into the most private corners of a woman's life to tell her the choice over what she does with her body is no longer her own. This is America taking a big step backward."
George Soros, who according to the Bloomberg Billionaires' Index is worth $8.5 billion said: "The US Supreme Court's decision to overturn #RoeVWade ends federal protections for abortion, diminishes human rights, and greatly threatens reproductive care. We have invested in reproductive rights organizations that are fighting back at this moment."
Other billionaires have joined Soros, who has substantially more wealth invested in his Open Society institutions, is heavily invested in abortion access prior to the Supreme Court's decision.
MacKenzie Scott, Jeff Bezos' ex-wife, has been a vocal supporter of reproductive rights, donating a record $275 million to Planned Parenthood last year.
By 2030, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation intends to contribute $1 billion in family planning. However, Warren Buffett's reported windfall of $97 billion might inject tens of billions of dollars into the ongoing battle. Buffett vowed to donate 85 percent of his Berkshire Hathaway stock to charity in 2006.
The majority of it has gone to the Gates Foundation.
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