Lady Gaga, Rihanna and More Express Outrage Over Alabama Abortion Ban: 'This Is a Travesty'

On Wednesday (May 15), Alabama's female Governor Kay Ivey signed the nation's most restrictive abortion law, one that essentially outlaws abortions, even cases of incest and rape. The new law -- which won't take effect for six months -- makes it a Class A felony to perform an abortion, with doctors facing a prison sentence of 10-99 years under the provisions voted on by an all-male slate of 25 Republican Alabama senators.

Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia and Mississipi are all considering or in the process of passing similar anti-abortion legislation as the "pro-life" movement enjoys a strong wave of institutional support, with a number of "heartbeat" bills advancing across the nation in what many see as a precursor to a long-sought Supreme Court challenge to the landmark 1973 Roe V. Wade ruling that legalized abortion. 

Many artists and musicians have made it known that they do not count themselves among those supporters.

On Thursday, Billie Eilish told Variety, “I have no words for the bitches in the f---ing White House. It’s so unbelievable. It makes me, like, red. It makes my ears f---ing steam out of my head. Women should say, should do and feel and be exactly what they want. There should be nobody else telling them how to live their life, how to do s–t. … It just makes me so mad that if I start talking about it, I won’t stop. Men should not make women’s choices — that’s all I have to say.”

Debbie Harry commented, "I think it’s criminal. Individual rights should be respected in every way. Religion was never supposed to be a part of our government.” 

Travis Scott and Maggie Rogers went on to add their voices -- and their dollars -- to the effort of abortion rights and reproductive healthcare organizations, with Scott donating proceeds from his merchandise sales to Planned Parenthood and Rogers donating proceeds from hers to the Yellowhammer Fund.

Below, see social media messages about how some of our most popular cultural icons view the law.