The Hollywood left, from Lady Gaga to Marvel movie star Chris Evans, took to social media on Wednesday and railed against state Senate lawmakers in Alabama where a bill limiting abortions in the state passed by a margin of 25-6.
“These statehouses are waging all-out war on women and their right to control their reproductive decisions,” Oscar and Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend said. “This is awful.”
These statehouses are waging all-out war on women and their right to control their reproductive decisions. This is awful. https://t.co/noOY2pEsqX
— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 15, 2019
“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,” said Disney film director Ava DuVernay. “It’s Alabama and abortion today. It’s you and your rights tomorrow. Your silence will not save you. So speak up.”
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
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 15, 2019
Indeed, much of the acrimony over the bill, which passed late Tuesday, is directed at the fact that the measure doesn’t include language for exceptions in the event that a pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
The Alabama bill’s sponsor Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur) addressed the missing provision, saying, “Well, how do we say, ‘The baby inside is a person unless they’re conceived in rape or incest’?”
Nevertheless, Hollywood stars, many of whom are staunch proponents of abortion, piled on.
“This is absolutely unbelievable. If you’re not worried about roe v wade, you’re not paying attention. This is why voting matters!!” Avengers: Endgame star Chris Evans said.
This is absolutely unbelievable. If you’re not worried about roe v wade, you’re not paying attention. This is why voting matters!! https://t.co/gZ5lrj7tQ1
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 15, 2019
“There have been nearly 30 bans on abortion introduced, passed, or signed into law in statehouses around the country this year alone,” said Alyssa Milano, who has led a boycott in Georgia after a new abortion ban was singed into law in the state last week. “This is Trump’s anti-choice agenda and part of the GOP’s war on women.”
There have been nearly 30 bans on abortion introduced, passed, or signed into law in statehouses around the country this year alone.
This is Trump’s anti-choice agenda and part of the GOP’s war on women.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 15, 2019
See the Hollywood reaction below.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 15, 2019
The retrograde Alabama criminalizes abortion even in the case of rape and incest. Voted for overwhelmingly by GOP men. Handmaid’s Tale from the GOP. https://t.co/EgCsvgiPVy
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) May 15, 2019
Not Gloria Steinem’s quote btw but I am sure whoever wrote it was moved by her lifetime of service and advocacy! pic.twitter.com/Ut5KYcPHUg
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) May 15, 2019
You’re right to be horrified. Your life and your body are your own. Now we find ways to help those most impacted. Let’s go. https://t.co/rPS6eiQV1E
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 15, 2019
Good grief. Women should have the same autonomy over our bodies that men do. If we don’t have autonomy we don’t have equal rights.
This is devolution https://t.co/GSPe5O4pLK
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 15, 2019
This is awful. Outrageous. Unconstitutional. https://t.co/CkDZ25urC2
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) May 15, 2019
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) May 15, 2019
Of those 25 men who voted to ban abortion in Alabama, I’d like to know how many of them have ever been pregnant. Or have gotten pregnant as a result of rape. I’d like to know how many of those men know exactly what it is like to be a woman. The answer is zero.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) May 16, 2019
— John Cusack (@johncusack) May 15, 2019
The fact that this insane piece of legislation was decided entirely by a group of men is just one more nauseating gut punch. Whatever the fuck this “Handmaid’s Tale” cosplay competition that’s going on in the South right now is, it’s beyond disturbing. https://t.co/s05wQN5ubz
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) May 15, 2019
The news about Alabama tonight is horrifying. See below for a good local place to donate to fight this. My God what a nightmare. Ladies (and men) we are with you in this fight for rationality and compassion and autonomy over sheer insanity. https://t.co/J4wG00BeME
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) 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
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 15, 2019
Good morning, women.
Make no mistake.
This is war.
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) May 15, 2019
Again. Misogyny is the reptilian brain stem of right wing ideology. It is not a bug. It is the feature. Wake. The. Fuck. Up. https://t.co/xE4A02GUFC
— Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) May 15, 2019
Do what the Alabama government refuses to do: help women by donating to the https://t.co/VxouPOI5gt. Donating is as easy as flicking an embryo out of a uterus should be.
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) May 15, 2019
THIS IS REAL & is HAPPENING IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA https://t.co/x7juRSCzkD
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) May 15, 2019
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
— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) May 15, 2019
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) May 15, 2019
Every single State senator who voted to restrict reproductive rights for women, was a man. pic.twitter.com/ImAwZfFN4Z
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 15, 2019
There is a cold place in hell for the Alabama Senate.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) May 15, 2019