The All Elite Wrestling star came out to join the commentary team to watch rival ‘Hangman’ Adam Page face Konosuke Takeshita on Wednesday night, but it was his shirt that really got people talking amid growing concern that the legal right to abortion in America – guaranteed under the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling – could be overturned.
As Punk stepped out in Texas, he was wearing a t-shirt baring the words ‘Abortion rights are human rights!’, with announcer Excalibur heard praising him.
Plenty of fans backed him for making his point to bluntly, while fellow AEW star Nyla Rose was among those to shower him with praise on social media.
She tweeted: ‘I love Cm Punk… that’s all for now #AEWDynamite’
Earlier this month, Politico published a leaked draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito which argued that Roe v. Wade was ‘egregiously wrong from the start’, before concluding that ‘it is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.’
If the Supreme Court overturns the landmark 1973 case, abortion will no longer be protected as a federal right in the US, meaning each state will be able to decide whether to curtail or ban abortion.
Meanwhile, Wednesday isn’t the first time Punk has made a powerful point on the issue, having worn pro-choice t-shirts in Texas in the past.
Earlier this month, he shared a throwback photo of himself on Instagram which led to some brutal responses from some of his followers, including one person asking if the former world champion was going to ‘going to cry little b***h’.
Punk replied: ‘A little bit, yeah. For my wife, my sisters, for mothers and women who are helplessly watching their rights over their own bodies stripped away by elite, rich white, terrorist religious fascists. Being human means I cry when injustices masquerade as religious right. HER BODY, HER CHOICE.’
While another follower praised his talents as a wrestler but urged him to stay out of politics, he simply said: ‘Unfollow me. We respect women here.’
He did point out he’d received overwhelmingly positive responses to his original post, as he wrote: ‘And for every uneducated kn*b, there’s 20 great comments. Keep fighting!!’
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