By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that Alabama has passed one of the harshest abortion laws in United States history. The bill is known as the “Alabama Human Life Protection Act” and completely prohibits individuals from undergoing abortions—with no exceptions for rape victims or even incest.
Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God. https://t.co/DwKJyAjSs8 pic.twitter.com/PIUQip6nmw— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) May 15, 2019
Since Alabama signed the bill into law, Ohio, Missouri, and Georgia issued new restrictions on abortion for women, too. Some states are now banning abortions after 6-weeks, while others 8. All of the legislation being passed forgoes any issues with amother’s health, rape, or incest.
Many celebrities have spoken out on social media in response to the latest abortion bans—many stating it’s a woman’s right to choose, and not a government official’s.
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
I’m beyond upset about the passing of new abortion bans in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, and Ohio. This is Unconstitutional and Abhorrent. We can not tolerate this attack on women’s fundamental rights.— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) May 15, 2019
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I don’t usually comment on politics but this one got me and is so important. This whole abortion law thing in America is a mess I mean your completely taking away the rights of women and the ownership of the bodies that belong to them. I have so much respect for women Watching someone go through pregnancy and how tough it can be at times and us as men never have to go through that so how can we even comment or decide what women should or shouldn’t go through, it is total BS that anyone is even given that power. It’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.
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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 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Among the dozens of celebrities who spoke out about the abortion bans and laws, Kylie Jenner decided to speak out on her Instagram stories saying it “made her sick.”
After thousands of people protested the Alabama law and shared how disgusting and offensive it was, Jenner issued another announcement on social media, indicating that her boyfriend and father of her daughter—Travis Scott—would be donating all merchandise profits from his most recent concert to Planned Parenthood. The concert happened to have taken place in Alabama, too.
Scott also announced during his show in Alabama that he would donate all of the profits to helping women and protecting their rights.
I want to just donate my net profits from my merch today to Planned Parenthood…We feel for those out in Alabama. I love y’all. I just wanted you to know that love is the strongest feeling we have.
Clearly, it’s nice to see both Kylie and Travis on the right side of history and supporting women’s right to choose.