Post on Why Women Are Mad at Their Boyfriends Over Roe v. Wade Goes Viral

A post is going viral online as it seeks to explain why girlfriends are angry with their boyfriends after the controversial overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The Supreme Court's (SCOTUS) decision on Friday to strike down the 49-year-old ruling that legalized abortion nationwide has sparked waves of protest across the country, as trigger laws in certain states made abortions illegal.

Amid the fallout, a post on Reddit is going viral for seeking to explain why girlfriends are mad at their boyfriends following the ruling.

Abortion rights activists protest.
Abortion rights activists protest at the Federal Courthouse Plaza after the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court, in Austin, Texas, on June 24, 2022. A Reddit post is going viral explaining why girlfriends are "mad." SUZANNE CORDEIRO/Getty Images

A post, entitled "My GF is mad at me about Roe v Wade," has amassed more than 26,000 upvotes since being shared on Tuesday, and can be read here.

Redditor u/_frozengrapes, believed to be a woman, wrote: "I've seen many posts from men, predictably confuddled as to why their girlfriends were angry at them 'for no reason' about Roe v Wade.

"Of course, these girlfriends in question were immediately labeled as 'red flags' or 'crazy feminists' by dudebros in the comments.

"Men, your girlfriends are not angry at you because of Roe v Wade. They are most likely upset because you were unable to display empathy, and were apathetic to (or worse, in support of) her rights being stripped away.

"So stop reducing it to 'my GF is angry at me for factors outside of my control' for pity points on the internet, and intentionally making your girlfriend the 'crazy hysterical woman.' Their anger at you is born out of your reaction to the SCOTUS ruling, not the ruling itself."

Numerous women came forward to share similar stories, as CautiousManatee wrote: "My husband thought it didn't affect us because we'd never have an abortion, but I explained to him all the ways this could affect a pregnancy we wanted, how pregnancies are so much more dangerous now, and how I might face going to jail if I miscarry.

"It didn't really hit home for him until I told him we can't try for another baby because of this. I've been low-key upset with him since the ruling was leaked way back when and he sighed at me like I was over reacting when I was in tears."

No_Banana_581 commented: "I'm also one of these women. I can't even look at my husband or sit near him bc he has still not said a word not one word. I'm not bringing it up. I have twice in the form of a comment about how I'm feeling and there was silence so now I'm silent. I don't know how this is going to play out."

Liyote fumed: "I told my partner (who's sympathetic but can anyone without a uterus truly understand?) I'm mad at anyone who isn't mad."

Dogzillas_Mom pointed out: "What disturbs me is that, even if you want to get pregnant, something could go wrong, like an ectopic. In many of these states, the ban[s] are absolute. People are going to die. Even the married Christians who want a bunch of babies."

I'm mad at anyone who isn't mad."
Liyote

Multiverse_Money said: "It's already starting... #medtwitter I saw 2 ectopic (which are in NO way viable) wait 9 hours so man doctor can talk with man lawyer to make sure that she 'qualifies' for care. Those ladies who think Trump is Jesus have no idea that all of these emergencies are off the table in some states."

Shanisasha replied: "Heck my husband is effing terrified for our kids. He's been raging right along with me. I don't understand how men don't care about the women they claim to love."

LowOvergrowth admitted: "My normally very, very empathetic husband told me to—and I quote—"calm down" yesterday when I learned of the apparent tampon shortage that's going on. (I start my period soon-ish.) Given how angry that made me, I can scarcely imagine how irate I would be if we weren't equally appalled by Roe's overturn."

Rora999 added: "I've actually had men ask why I care so much when it doesn't affect me. I'm too old to get pregnant myself, so I should stop giving a s***?"

While BabserellaWT responded: "I commented here the other day that my husband came home and openly wept, he was so angry and upset and felt so helpless."

And Handsoffmyunderwear said: "Mine told me not to worry because it won't affect me in my state (which depends on the next election mind you). Also, it didn't ban abortion, it just turned it back to the states. Grrrr!!!"

The chart below, provided by Statista, shows abortion laws around the world.

Infographic: The Legal Status of Abortion Worldwide | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

The SCOTUS ruling declared abortions were "egregiously wrong from the start," handing power over to states to regulate terminations as they saw fit.

The fallout has divided states, with Kentucky outlawing abortions of any kind, including as a result on incest or rape, aside from those that endanger the life of the mother.

Whereas California has attempted to enshrine women's rights and access to abortions.

A statement from California's Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, in response to Roe v. Wade being struck down, said: "With today's Supreme Court decision to endanger the health and safety of millions of women across the country, California must do everything it can to protect the fundamental rights of all women—in California and beyond."

Newsweek reached out to u/_frozengrapes for comment.