Hollywood stars are coming together on social media to condemn the Alabama Republican Party for “waging all-out war on women” by passing the strictest anti-abortion law in the nation — and the governor for signing it.
Before the legislation officially passed and was signed on Wednesday, some celebrities had already been tweeting their frustrations of the likely-to-pass anti-abortion bill.
“This is absolutely unbelievable,” actor and “Avengers” star Chris Evans said Tuesday. “If you’re not worried about Roe v Wade, you’re not paying attention.”
This is absolutely unbelievable. If you’re not worried about roe v wade, you’re not paying attention. This is why voting matters!! https://t.co/gZ5lrj7tQ1
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 15, 2019
R&B singer John Legend also spoke out, responding to the failed amendment to allow rape or incest as an exception to the bill.
“These statehouses are waging all-out war on women and their right to control their reproductive decisions,” he tweeted. “This is awful.”
These statehouses are waging all-out war on women and their right to control their reproductive decisions. This is awful. https://t.co/noOY2pEsqX
— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 15, 2019
Once the bill officially became law Wednesday night, celebrities continued to shower the Alabama GOP with rebukes.
“Scandal” actress Kerry Washington deemed the legislation “awful,” “outrageous,” and “unconstitutional” for threatening to charge physicians who perform an abortion in the state with up to 99 years in prison.
This is awful. Outrageous. Unconstitutional. https://t.co/CkDZ25urC2
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) May 15, 2019
Actress Alyssa Milano took the opportunity to shed light on the “nearly 30 bans on abortion introduced, passed, or signed into law in statehouses around the country this year alone,” which include a growing number of states such as Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Iowa, North Dakota, and Mississippi.
There have been nearly 30 bans on abortion introduced, passed, or signed into law in statehouses around the country this year alone.
This is Trump’s anti-choice agenda and part of the GOP’s war on women.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 15, 2019
“Born this Way” singer Lady Gaga expressed her “outrage” for heinously affecting “those [who] have been raped or are experiencing incest non-consenual or not.”
“So there’s a higher penalty for doctors who perform these operations than for most rapists?” she proclaimed. “This is a travesty and I pray for all these women and young girls who will suffer at the hands of this system.”
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 15, 2019
Other celebrities chose to use Instagram to spread the word about this bill.
This includes pop star Rihanna, who shared a picture of the 25 white Republican men from Alabama who voted in favor of the anti-abortion bill.
“Take a look,” she urged. “These are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America.”
She then took a shot at Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, writing “SHAME ON YOU!!!!”
Some celebs even used the Alabama bill to bravely share their own abortion stories, including actress Minka Kelly, who shared the same picture as Rihanna.
“When I was younger I had an abortion. It was the smartest decision I could’ve made, not only for myself & my boyfriend at the time, but also for this unborn fetus,” she said.
“Forcing a child to be born to a mother who isn’t ready, isn’t financially stable, was raped, a victim of incest (!!), isn’t doing that theoretical child any favors,” the actress added.
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When I was younger I had an abortion. It was the smartest decision I could’ve made, not only for myself & my boyfriend at the time, but also for this unborn fetus. For a baby to’ve been born to two people — too young and completely ill equipped — with no means or help from family, would have resulted in a child born into an unnecessary world of struggle. Having a baby at that time would have only perpetuated the cycle of poverty, chaos and dysfunction I was born into. Forcing a child to be born to a mother who isn’t ready, isn’t financially stable, was raped, a victim of incest (!!), isn’t doing that theoretical child any favors. For those of you insisting abortion is murder, and to Rep. Terri Collins who said “an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and attention” — forget bringing up the mother might be in need of some “love and attention.” What do you think happens to these kids who end up bouncing around in foster care, live on government assistance because the mother has no help, can’t afford childcare while she works a minimum wage job, and is trapped in a cycle of trying to survive on the meager government assistance so many of you same pro-lifers are determined to also take away. If you insist on forcing women to carry to term, why do you refuse to talk about comprehensive sex-ed, the maternal mortality rate, free daycare, paid maternity leave? Our lives, traumas & family planning is for no one to decide but us. Certainly not a group of old white men. Speaking of men… With all this punishment for women I wonder where all the punishment is for the men in this scenario. By looking at the photo of all the men who are making this mess, I find it hard to believe that if it were the autonomy of a man's body, health and life in question, I cant help but be certain we wouldn’t be having this conversation in the first place. I appreciate seeing men speak up on this issue – women do not get pregnant alone. Lest we forget, outlawing abortion has never stopped women from attempting it. @abortionfunds @yellowfund & @EmergeAmerica @emilys_list @runforsomethingnow who work 2 elect pro-choice candidates. #YouKnowMe
“Our lives, traumas & family planning is for no one to decide but us. Certainly not a group of old white men,” Kelly proclaimed, as she used the hashtag #YouKnowMe.
The Alabama anti-abortion law has not yet gone in to effect and is set to begin implementation in six months.