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Abortion Rights Reshape The Women’s Sports Landscape

As the debate around abortion rights remains fraught following the repeal of Roe v. Wade, athletes in women’s sports have to make decisions about their lives and careers.

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USA Today spoke to 30 current and former athletes in women’s professional sports about how bodily autonomy affects their career choices.

For the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) and Portland Thorns star Crystal Dunn, it’s simple.

“Playing in a red state right now, I would say that’s out of the question,” she told USA Today.

“It’s up to all players in the league to protect each other.”
“I had (someone) ask me, ‘Will this impact free agency? Will players not want to go to the Dallas’ and Atlantas of the world?’” newly retired WNBA legend Sue Bird said.


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NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman would not say whether the league would block trades based on a player’s wishes with regard to reproductive rights, but she did say they would be open to a conversation.

As leagues like the WNBA and NWSL look at expansion, leaders are taking abortion restrictions under consideration when it comes to franchise selection.

The leagues also must grapple with their players who are already living and playing in states with limited reproductive rights.

Meanwhile…

Only two weeks of NWSL regular season action left, and you do not want to miss the photo finish.

Five playoff spots are on the line, with a few key matchups to watch.

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The Houston Dash and OL Reign are currently in third and fourth in the standings.

They play each other in the early hours of Sunday, and whoever wins clinches a playoff spot.

The Red Stars’ playoff hopes hang in the balance as they travel to the league-leading Thorns.

The matchup between first and sixth is on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.
Chicago can move closer to clinching with a win and an Angel City loss.

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