Lady Gaga, Andy Cohen and more stars spoke out against Alabama’s near-total abortion ban, which the state’s Senate passed on May 14, on Twitter and their responses have been gaining some serious traction.
UPDATE 5/16/2019, 4:27pm EST: Liam Payne, 25, has added his voice to the chorus of celebs who are slamming Alabama’s abortion ban law. The British pop star shared a photo of the 25 white lawmakers who voted for the act, in an Instagram post on May 16. “I don’t usually comment on politics but this one got me and is so important,” he wrote. “This whole abortion law thing in America is a mess I mean your [sic] 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.”
Liam added, “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.”
ORIGINAL: Lady Gaga, Andy Cohen and more notable celebs are furious over the Alabama abortion ban that was passed by the state’s Senate on May 14, and they’re taking to Twitter to express their anger and concerns. The near-total ban, which is the most restrictive abortion ban in the U.S., restricts abortions in Alabama in almost all circumstances, even rape, and only allows them when the mother’s life is in danger. The ban will have doctors who perform abortions in the state face a minimum of 10 years in prison. Although Democrats tried to lessen the strictness of the bill by adding an amendment that would make exceptions in the case of incest or rape, their attempt failed.
“It is an outrage to ban abortion in Alabama period, and all the more heinous that it excludes those have been rapers or are experiencing incest non-consensual or not,” Lady Gaga’s statement about the ban read. “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.”
Andy also took to Twitter to express his thoughts about the ban and although it was a short tweet, it was a powerful one. “There is a cold place in hell for the Alabama Senate,” it read. Actress Jane Lynch stated that she thinks the ban is an example of the Senate’s goal to “control women”, and actor John Leguizamo also couldn’t help but express his disagreement with the ban. “The Alabama senate voted to ban abortion. Oh, and no exceptions for rape or incest, in case you were wondering if they’re a bunch of f*cking monsters,” John’s tweet read.
Actress Busy Philipps chose to tweet about the statistics of abortion to get people thinking about how much it would actually affect women in the long run. “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,” her tweet read.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 15, 2019
There is a cold place in hell for the Alabama Senate.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) May 15, 2019
The ban, which is officially called the Human Life Protection Act, will be passed to Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey, and she has six days to sign it. If she does, it will become law and take effect six months after the date of her signature.