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.
To see what is happening right now in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and several other states in our country is not only deeply upsetting but seems that it can’t possibly be real in 2019. It’s no one’s business what a woman chooses to do with her body. End of story. If you want to help fight this, click on the link in my bio to find out how you can volunteer or make a donation.
Women should unequivocally have the right to choose what happens to their bodies. MY BODY. MY CHOICE. FUCK THE PATRIARCHY!!! #AbortionRights— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) May 15, 2019
Facts https://t.co/kVIyVueUFa— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) May 16, 2019
Sooo what’s gonna happen when one of those Alabama senators knocks up one of his mistresses? pic.twitter.com/VfwTYzX1CS— K A C E Y M U S G R A V E S (@KaceyMusgraves) May 16, 2019
Not your body. Not your choice. No justification needed. No man should be making such a fundamental decision on a womans body. How is it that abortion gets banned before guns? Our rights need to be heard. And we have a right to be outraged. In solidarity with my sisters. pic.twitter.com/zd02EVmCNx— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) May 16, 2019
The 25 men who voted to ban abortion in Alabama. It's literally like someone copy pasted their ugly ass faces ewwww pic.twitter.com/HvnvrXCYlj— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) May 16, 2019
The abortion ban in Alabama is an extremely scary step in the wrong direction. All the horrific stories I’ve read, about how girls and women who get pregnant through incest or rape now risk going to jail longer than… https://t.co/RVDFR4kEzw— Tove Lo (@ToveLo) May 16, 2019
if you’re a man and you think that The Handmaid’s Tale is a well-crafted show but maybe not the best way for a modern society to operate then it’s a really good time to start speaking out against the current war on women’s bodies/minds. we need your allyship.— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) May 15, 2019
I’ve been reading about the Alabama abortion ban all morning and trying to articulate how terrifying + insane this all is but all I’m left with is this boiling feeling of helplessness + anger + fear in my chest.— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) May 15, 2019
how do you celebrate your mother and then seek to control her?
Fuck the politicians who would take away a woman’s right to choose what is best for her body, her health and her well being. The efforts to regress will not stick for long.— Alex Gaskarth (@AlexGaskarth) May 15, 2019
Assigning felonies to people who seek abortion is a means to assure that those with that autonomy are stripped of their right to vote. And therefore perpetuates the cycle.— h (@halsey) May 16, 2019
New laws is slavory— OFFSET (@OffsetYRN) May 18, 2019
To force a rape victim to keep a child is SLAVORY IM NOT PROUD TO SAY IM FROM AMERICA!!!
We should pass a bill that rapist get the death penalty— Waka Flocka (@WakaFlocka) May 16, 2019