New legislation in Alabama has quickly shaken the entire nation to its core. You've probably heard that Alabama passed the most restrictive anti-abortion law in recent history. This law, approved by the House, Senate, and Governor, makes all abortion illegal with an exception only when the mother's life is at risk. And that is terrifying for women everywhere. It's also a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, a supreme court decision meant to protect Americans from legislation like this.
Worse still, other states such as Georgia, Ohio, and Missouri, are beginning to follow suit. So many thousands of people are sharing their stories in defense of a woman's right to choose. Some of those people happen to have a little more influence than the average joe.
You absolutely have to see these gripping true stories from celebrities about why they find Alabama's abortion ban to be so utterly inhumane.
Alabama's recent lawmaking move has the nation in an uproar.
via: GettyWhen it says the only exception for abortions would be if the woman's life was in danger, or if the fetus can't survive, they mean it. Cases of rape or incest? Nope. As far as Alabama is concerned, that's not a good enough reason. The pregnant person would still be forced to carry that fetus to term.
The law hasn't gone into effect yet.
via: GettyIn fact, Alabama governor Kay Ivey admitted that the new law was probably “unenforceable" due to Roe v. Wade, which set a precedent for abortion rights in America. But the bill mostly designed to get the Supreme Court's attention--and maybe even change the original 1973 decision.
Governor Ivey admitted as much.
via: Getty“The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur," Ivey said.
That isn't sitting well with people.
via: GettySo the outraged and worried masses have taken to social media with their own personal reasons to oppose Alabama's actions. Here are a few choice picks from celebrities who are heavily invested in this fight!
Busy Philipps started a trending hashtag.busyphilipps
Here's where that hashtag started:
1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don't know someone who has, but #youknowme. So let's do t… https://t.co/wOeNHDk5fl— Busy Philipps (@Busy Philipps)1557894034.0
P!nk quickly took to Instagram, too.@GovernorKayIvey signed the most extreme abortion ban since Roe v Wade. This isn’t a coincidence — it’s part of an attempt to ban abortion outright. And it isn’t just an attack on Alabama women, this is an attack on everyone who might or can get pregnant. · 25 white, male legislators in Alabama voted to take away women’s health and rights. This bill - could jail doctors for life just for providing care - would put women’s lives in jeopardy - makes NO EXCEPTIONS for rape or incest -pink
She posted more than once, actually.pink
Here's Lady Gaga's statement:
#AlabamaAbortionBan #Alabama #AlabamaSenate #NoUterusNoOpinion #PlannedParenthood #ProChoice I love you Alabama pra… https://t.co/A7HQVGoMGA— Lady Gaga (@Lady Gaga)1557943162.0
Reese Witherspoon has some thoughts.
I’m beyond upset about the passing of new abortion bans in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, and Ohio. This… https://t.co/0GLpAQVRik— Reese Witherspoon (@Reese Witherspoon)1557955870.0
Cynthia Nixon responded to #YouKnowMe.
Almost 60 years ago, my mother had an illegal abortion. It was too harrowing for her to discuss, but she made sure… https://t.co/KO00lIdNQX— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon)1557965562.0
Ellen knows where she stands.
I stand with the women in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, and everywhere, who have the rig… https://t.co/dV10kyjoaG— Ellen DeGeneres (@Ellen DeGeneres)1558028933.0
Male celebrities can be allies, too.
Liam Payne had a lot to say.
via: GettyIt’s bad enough that women have to go through cycles of periods that can be painful without making some of them have to go through with unwanted pregnancies that will literally change the course of the lives they lead at all ages. Here was me thinking it was supposed to be the land of the free it all looks very tied up from where I’m standing. Abortion up to a certain point should always be legal it’s only right that woman are given that choice to make for themselves. -
Many celebrities were posting that compilation of the politicians responsible for Alabama's new law.
via: GettyRihanna shared the same photo too, and this message:
Alexa Chung did the same.
via: InstagramAnd as her Instagram caption clearly states, she was Very Angry when she did!
Courteney Cox, who is from Alabama, was especially upset.@yellowfund! -courteneycoxofficial
Emma Watson posted a well-articulated mini-essay to Instagram.emmawatson
Here's her words on why the situation in Georgia is of particular note.
via: GettyGeorgia’s bill stands out for going one step further in including personhood language, criminalizing 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. -emmawatson
She brought an international perspective to this.
via: GettyCurrently, 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. -emmawatson
And she delivered this big reality check:
via: GettyThese 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. Please join me in supporting @plannedparenthood @womenhelporg@all4choice -emmawatson Go off, Emma Watson!
Minka Kelly had another long post--and a very personal story.
via: GettyWhen 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. -minkakelly
She explained why, in her experience, abortion had been best for everyone involved.
via: GettyHaving 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. -minkakelly
She brings another important perspective to the table.
via: GettyFor 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. -minkakelly
She also posed some questions to the pro-life crowd:
via: GettyIf 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. -minkakelly
And she reminded men why being an ally was important.
via: GettySpeaking 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 can't 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. -minkakelly
Abigail Breslin started her Instagram post off with a trigger warning.abbienormal9
Cara Delevingne got right to the point.caradelevingne
Jaime King had words of warning.@GovernorKayIvey signed the most extreme abortion ban since Roe v Wade. This isn’t a coincidence — it’s part of an attempt to ban abortion outright. And it isn’t just an attack on Alabama women, this is an attack on everyone who might or can get pregnant. -jaime_king
The legal repercussions of this law could be very grave.
via: Getty25 white, male legislators in Alabama voted to take away women’s health and rights. This bill: - could jail doctors for life just for providing care - would put women’s lives in jeopardy - makes NO EXCEPTIONS for rape or incest -In Alabama, Black women are dying from cervical cancer at 2x the rate of white women, and from pregnancy & childbirth more than 4x as often. In the face of public health crises that are killing women, politicians are eroding health care access & jailing doctors. -We are dangerously close to a post-Roe world. It’s clear that anti-abortion politicians will say and do anything, including lie about abortion and pass extreme abortion bans, to put this crucial health care out of reach for millions of people nationwide. -We have to fight back against each and every attempt to criminalize people for simply accessing abortion care and exercising their constitutional right to abortion. Politicians don’t belong anywhere near the exam room. -jaime_king Keep on sharing this story, and all those of the people bravely speaking up over social media!