More and more celebrities are speaking out against Alabama near-total ban on abortions, with some even sharing their own abortion stories.
Rihanna slammed the state senators who voted in approval of the draconian bill, calling them ‘idiots.’
‘Take a look. these are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America. Governor Kay Ivey…SHAME ON YOU!!!!’ the singer from Barbados tweeted on Thursday.
Her tweet also had a picture of all 25 senators from Alabama who voted in favor of the abortion ban.
take a look. these are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America.
Governor Kay Ivey…SHAME ON YOU!!!! pic.twitter.com/WuAjSVv6TH
— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 16, 2019
Governor Ivey signed the bill into law on Wednesday.
The new law will criminalize abortions even in the cases of rape and incest. The doctors who carry out the procedure could face up to 99 years in jail, as per the new law.
Conservatives proposed legislation to restrict abortion rights this year in 16 US states in a bid to take down Roe v Wade verdict – the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling which gave women the right to terminate a pregnancy.
After the legislation was approved, celebrities across the nation spoke out against it, and many even shared their own personal experiences.
Social media users also started sharing their abortion stories after talk show host Busy Philipps called on them to speak up and ‘end the shame’.
Launching the hashtag #youknowme, the 39-year-old tweeted: ‘1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don’t know someone who has, but #youknowme.
‘So let’s do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let’s share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth.’
1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don't know someone who has, but #youknowme. So let's do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let's share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth.
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) May 15, 2019
Minka Kelly shared her abortion experience, describing it as the smartest decision she could’ve made.
‘When I was younger I had an abortion,’ Kelly wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.
‘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.’
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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.
British actor Jameela Jamil said she also underwent an abortion in her youth and it was the ‘best decision I have ever made.’
‘Hope the people of Alabama who want the abortion ban are up for donating their money and space to the MEGA influx of kids in need of care, coming your way,’ she wrote on social media.
Lady Gaga tweeted that the new law was ‘an outrage.’
‘So there’s a higher penalty for doctors who perform these operations than for most rapists?’ the singer wrote.
#AlabamaAbortionBan #Alabama #AlabamaSenate #NoUterusNoOpinion #PlannedParenthood #ProChoice I love you Alabama prayers to all women and young girls here are my thoughts: pic.twitter.com/LqmVyV8qsA
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 15, 2019
Actor, politician, and activist Cynthia Nixon tweeted how her mother had an ‘illegal’ and ‘harrowing’ abortion before it was legalized.
‘In 2010, my wife had a legal abortion after we found out her pregnancy was not viable,’ she continued.
‘We cannot and will not go back.’
Almost 60 years ago, my mother had an illegal abortion. It was too harrowing for her to discuss, but she made sure I knew it had happened. In 2010, my wife had a legal abortion after we found out her pregnancy was not viable. We cannot and will not go back. #YouKnowMe #YouKnowUs
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) May 16, 2019
Actor Milla Jovovich revealed her own traumatic abortion experience, outlining how women could be so vulnerable.
‘It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever gone through,’ she wrote on her Instagram. ‘I was alone and helpless.
‘When I think about the fact that women might have to face abortions in even worse conditions than I did because of new laws, my stomach turns.’
Emman Watson said the new law won’t stop women from having abortions.
‘It will just mean they are forced to do so unsafely and with stigma,’ the Beauty and the Beast star wrote in a lengthy post on Instagram.
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???? Last week, a bill was signed into law in Georgia that is a near-total ban on abortion.
This marks the fourth “heartbeat” law to be passed in the United States in the last year – a name that is designed to be emotive.It refers to the first signs of the development of a heart in a fetus at 6 weeks of pregnancy, long before most people know they are pregnant.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ?? Georgia’s bill stands out for going one step further in including personhood language, criminalising not just abortion providers, but also pregnant people for having abortions or even miscarrying.Today, Alabama passed its own law banning abortion except when the health of the mother is at risk.
We remember that Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland with the same law on the books.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ??? Currently, women & pregnant people living in Northern Ireland are forced to travel to mainland Britain for abortion care that is illegal in their home country.
There will always be people who cannot travel because of domestic violence, immigration status, and disability.People living in Northern Ireland and the USA deserve the dignity of accessing safe, legal & local reproductive healthcare at home.
#nowforni These laws won't stop women and pregnant people from having abortions, or from making the best decision for their bodies and families, it will just mean they are forced to do so unsafely and with stigma.#reproductiverightsforall ✊ Please join me in supporting @plannedparenthood @womenhelporg @all4choice #abortionsupportnetwork ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ellen DeGeneres tweeted her support for the women, saying women should decide the matters about their bodies.
‘I stand with the women in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, and everywhere, who have the right to decide what happens to their bodies, as we all do,’ she wrote.
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