They say that you can't win a fight by standing aside, and Planned Parenthood is certainly not about to roll over in Alabama.
Following Alabama's strict abortion laws that were passed on the May 13th 2019, with 73-4 voting in favor of the heartbeat bill, many women in the state have been living in a state of unimaginable fear.
America's biggest non-profit organization, providing reproductive health care for both men and women, Planned Parenthood, had already started construction on a new clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, before the bill was passed and many people were left wondering what would happen to the new state-of-the-art clinic following the abortion plan.
According to Planned Parenthood, it's business as usual.
"We are committed to continuing to provide that care."A spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based Planned Parenthood Southeast, Barbara Ann Luttrell, released a statement regarding the continuation of construction in Alabama, stating: "We are a doctor that Birmingham has counted on for decades, and we are committed to continuing to provide that care."
Luttrell has also taken to Twitter in the fight for abortion rights.Slamming anti-abortionist and Alabama State Representative, Terri Collins, Luttrell highlighted a major flaw in the state of Alabama's attempt to ban abortions: getting an abortion is a constitutional right.
Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama.Following the abortion ban, Planned Parenthood has decided to contest the bill. Along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit that contests the abortion ban due to the fact that Alabama's bill goes against the supreme court's ruling in the Roe vs Wade case which legalized abortion. The aim of the lawsuit is to bring the case to the high court and get the bill overturned.
Until then? Well, it's business as usual.Randall Marsh, the executive director of the ACLU in Alabama has stated: “Make no mistake: abortion remains – and will remain – safe and legal in Alabama."
Unconstitutional and unenforceable.Marsh, continued by saying: “We hope our state’s elected leaders take note and stop using taxpayer dollars on a legal gamble that they know is unconstitutional and unenforceable."
The vocal celebrities slamming the Alabama abortion bill have ensured global exposure.Twitter is an excellent platform for civilians to discuss local political issues with an international audience. As much as regular joes can vocalize their concerns on the social media site, when celebrities get involved, the exposure is increased ten-fold. The Alabama abortion bill has certainly ruffled a few notable feathers and, as we can see, the power of celebrity is greater now than it has ever been. Political power vs celebrity culture is becoming more and more blurred every day (ahem, Trump).
Celebrities have not only been vocalizing their opinions, they've also been educating the general public about the situation.
Every single State senator who voted to restrict reproductive rights for women, was a man. https://t.co/ImAwZfFN4Z— Mia Farrow (@Mia Farrow)1557944474.0
Celebrities can bridge a gap between the public and the rigmarole of politics.
This is absolutely unbelievable. If you’re not worried about roe v wade, you’re not paying attention. This is why v… https://t.co/OyHD7TIoAo— Chris Evans (@Chris Evans)1557889948.0
Instead of having to wade through dense articles and political source material, people can get access to the important facts via Twitter.
Good grief. Women should have the same autonomy over our bodies that men do. If we don’t have autonomy we don’t ha… https://t.co/XCuHppUK3O— Sarah Silverman (@Sarah Silverman)1557903201.0
A voice for the voiceless.
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
Celebrities are ensuring that people don't stand for the Alabama bill.
These statehouses are waging all-out war on women and their right to control their reproductive decisions. This is… https://t.co/L4dMJvQLdD— John Legend (@John Legend)1557881328.0
Do you remember Juno?
“I don’t even know if I would have written a movie like Juno if I had known that the world was going to spiral into this hellish alternate reality that we now seem to be stuck in."Speaking on a podcast called Keep It, Cody discussed how the movie's message of pro-choice was misconstrued by many watchers, assuming that, because Page's character, Juno MacGuff, did not get an abortion, that the movie was anti-abortion. Speaking at a Planned Parenthood event in 2017, Cody stated: "In a way, I feel like I had a responsibility to maybe be more explicitly pro-choice, and I wasn’t. I think I took the right to choose for granted at the time."
To those that understood the message in Juno, the movie did have a positive influence.CNN at the time, Schmidt said that the bill would mean that women would not "have to worry about the consequences of the costs involved."
The trouble with creative media is that, when people get the wrong end of the stick, it can overtake the original message.In the case of Cody, she actually received a thank you letter from her Catholic High School for writing a pro-life movie. It was a gesture that horrified the screenwriter who said: “I was like, I . . . hate all of you, and I’m as pro-choice as a person can possibly be."
Ellen Page, who isn't one to shy away from political injustice, has used her Twitter account to spread ways to counteract the Alabama abortion bill.
BREAKING: A federal judge just BLOCKED Mississippi's unconstitutional ban on abortion! If the law had been allowed… https://t.co/LMK4F0E4EY— NARAL (@NARAL)1558730232.0