Lady Gaga, Chris Evans and More Celebs React to Alabama Abortion Ban
By Jennifer Drysdale
Hollywood is taking a stand.
Celebs like Lady Gaga, Chris Evans, Alyssa Milano, Andy Cohen, Janelle Monae, Ava DuVernay and more celebs are speaking out in response to Alabama's recent ban on abortion.
On Tuesday, Alabama's Senate passed the most restrictive abortion bill in the country. If not blocked, the law mandates that doctors who perform abortions at any stage of pregnancy will face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison -- and a maximum of 99 years, or life, in prison. An attempted motion to add an amendment allowing abortion in the case of rape or incest failed. According to CNN, cases where the mother's life is at risk, or if the unborn child has a lethal anomaly, are the only exceptions to the law.
"It is an outrage to ban abortion in Alabama period, and all the more heinous that it excludes those [who] have been raped or experiencing incest non-consensual or not," Gaga wrote in a passionate message on Twitter on Wednesday. "So there's a higher penalty for doctors who perform these operations than for most rapists? This is a travesty and I pray for all these women and young girls who will suffer at the hands of this system."
I’ve been reading about the Alabama abortion ban all morning and trying to articulate how terrifying + insane this all is but all I’m left with is this boiling feeling of helplessness + anger + fear in my chest.
how do you celebrate your mother and then seek to control her?
Don’t move forward after reading this like everything is normal. Don’t shake your head at Alabama and then keep going about your day. Realize that this is a warning. It’s Alabama and abortion today. It’s you and your rights tomorrow. Your silence will not save you. So speak up. https://t.co/kIz78uAU1T
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather👽🚆🤖🚀🪐 (@JanelleMonae) May 15, 2019
Yes, the news out of Alabama tonight is HORRIFYING. Rapists are facing less jail time than a doctor who performs an abortion on a rape victim. See below for where you can donate to help fight and hopefully reverse this sheer evil. https://t.co/wxjC2VVUcv
Alabama's abortion bill comes just weeks after Georgia's controversial "heartbeat bill," which says that abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy can be criminalized. Busy Philipps, among other stars, has been incredibly outspoken about the law.