After Texas passed the nation's most restrictive abortion law -- and the Supreme Court refused to step in to block the measure on Wednesday (Sept. 1) -- the reaction from outspoken artists such as P!nk, Barbra Streisand and Lauren Jauregui was swift and unequivocal.
"Have we gone backwards in time?" asked Streisand about the law that prohibits abortions after around six weeks -- at which time many women are not even aware they are pregnant. "Isn't it interesting how putting on a mask is 'violating their body' but abortion rights is not?"
Abortion rights advocates fear that the new Texas law is the most significant effort to date by anti-abortion advocates to reverse the landmark 1973 Roe V. Wade decision that legalized abortion. The law, which does not make any exceptions for rape or incest and very few for health reasons, basically means that abortion is effectively banned in the second most-populous state in the country.