As states increasingly pass laws to restrict abortion in states like Georgia and Alabama, Hollywood and its famous faces are speaking out almost uniformly in favor of reproductive rights.
Musician and actress Lady Gaga, director Ava DuVernay and more reacted quickly after the Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday night that effectively bans abortion in the state. The bill was signed into law by Republican Governor Kay Ivey Wednesday.
DuVernay urged women to speak out following the vote in Alabama.
“Don’t move forward after reading this like everything is normal,” the filmmaker tweeted. “Don’t shake your head at Alabama and get on with your day. Know this is a warning. It’s Alabama and abortion today. It’s you and your rights tomorrow. Your silence won’t save you. So speak up.
Lady Gaga called the decision a “travesty” on Wednesday and said she was praying for the state’s women and young girls.
“It’s an outrage to ban abortion in Alabama times, and all the more heinous because it excludes those who have been raped or who suffer incest…”, declared the pop star on Twitter.
Meanwhile, actress Alyssa Milano, whose #SexStrike proposal does not have go as planned last weekplayed it straight by posting a photo of her child and saying, “She’s my daughter. Her rights are human rights.
It was an unusually mild protest from Milan, which in March released an open letter signed by 50 actors who work regularly in Georgia, asking the governor not to sign HB 481, which, starting Jan. 1, will ban abortions in the state once a year. the fetal heart rate exists.
Several people emphasized that only men voted “yes” to the bill. The 35-member Alabama Senate has only four women, all Democrats. Two of these women voted against the bill, with one abstaining and the other “passing”, absent or not voting.
Rihanna wrote on Twitter Thursday, “Governor Kay Ivey…SHAME ON YOU!!!!”
Calling the law “absolutely amazing”, Chris Evans wrote on Twitter: “This is why voting matters!!”
“These state houses are waging an all-out war against women and their right to control their reproductive decisions,” singer John Legend wrote. “It’s horrible.”
Once the law takes effect, in six months barring expected legal challenges, all abortions will be banned in Alabama, including after rape or incest, unless the woman’s health is critically endangered.
This law and another signed last week by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp – who had some filmmakers vowing to boycott the state and prompted Kemp to change his travel plans — are widely seen as steps toward a Supreme Court review of abortion laws, with a view to overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Filmmaker Mark Duplass was among those who pulled out of the state saying, “Don’t give your business to Georgia. Will you agree with me not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this retrogressive legislation? »
Meanwhile, reacting to Georgia law last week but in front of the actress Busy Philipps launches #youknowme abortion awareness campaignactress Milla Jovovich shared on Tuesday the story of her own abortion on Instagram.
George Takei spoke out against filming in Georgia while the new law is in effect, but cracked a tongue-in-cheek joke after news from Alabama.
And Rosanna Arquette tweeted, “Alabama is not a sweet home” before launching into a series of retweets regarding the matter.
British singer Dua Lipa has shown “solidarity” with other women, she said on Twitter on Thursday.
“How is it that abortion is prohibited before firearms? Our rights must be heard,” Lipa wrote. “And we have the right to be outraged.”
Actress Jameela Jamil predicted on Twitter on Wednesday that an abortion ban would dramatically increase the number of unwanted children in Alabama’s foster care system, as well as poverty and social need.
“I hope the people of Alabama who want the abortion ban are willing to give their money and their space to the MEGA influx of children in need of care, coming to you,” she said. writing.
Here’s how other Hollywood stars reacted to the new abortion laws:
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