Rihanna has called idiots the Alabama state senators who voted in favor of a near total ban on abortion in the state, while celebrities continue to rail against the law.
The singer, originally from Barbados, wrote in a tweet on Thursday: “Take a look.” it’s the idiots who make the decisions for WOMEN in America. Governor Kay Ivey…SHAME ON YOU!!!! ‘
The tweet included a photo showing the 25 Alabama senators who voted for the bill. Ivey signed the bill Wednesday, which will make providing abortions in the state a crime, except in cases where the life of the mother is in danger.
Rihanna was just one of many celebrities and Hollywood personalities who spoke out in fury against the law, many of whom shared their own personal abortion stories.
Rihanna, originally from Barbados, wrote in a tweet on Saturday that Alabama lawmakers who recently voted in favor of a near-total ban on abortion are “idiots.”
Among them was Minka Kelly who said her abortion was the “smartest decision” she could have made.
On social media, hundreds of ordinary Americans also responded to a call from talk show host Busy Philipps to share stories and “end the shame”.
Philipps launched the #youknowme hashtag aimed at showing how common it is for women to end their pregnancies on Tuesday night, ahead of the bill’s passage.
“1 in 4 women has an abortion. A lot of people think they don’t know someone who does, but #you know me,’ the 39-year-old wrote in a Twitter post.
A day after its launch, nearly 50,000 people had liked or shared the post and nearly 2,000 users had posted responses, including deeply personal accounts of their own abortions.
Busy Philipps has launched a social media campaign to share abortion stories and ‘end the shame’. Actress Minka Kelly was among those to reveal her pain as the backlash against the tough new laws continued to gather pace
On social media, hundreds of ordinary Americans also responded to a call from talk show host Busy Philipps to share stories and ‘end the shame’ using the hashtag #youknowme
Actress Minka Kelly has revealed via a lengthy Instagram post that she had an abortion at a young age and revealed the procedure was ‘the smartest decision’ she could have made
In her post, Kelly said, “When I was younger I had an abortion. It was the smartest decision I could have made, not only for me and my boyfriend at the time, but also for this unborn fetus,” she wrote.
“For a baby to be born to two people – too young and completely ill-equipped – with no means or help from family, it would have resulted in a child being born into a world of needless struggle.
“Having a baby at that time would have only perpetuated the cycle of poverty, chaos and dysfunction I was born into.”
The governor of Alabama on Wednesday signed a bill to ban abortions in almost all cases, including rape and incest, with doctors who perform the procedure facing up to 99 years in prison.
Legislation to restrict the right to abortion was introduced this year in 16 US states as conservatives seek to overturn a landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that established a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.
Fears that Roe v Wade — a hard-won and sacred right for many American women — could be threatened have galvanized congressional support in Hollywood.
Actress Milla Jovovich has also released details of her own traumatic emergency abortion after going into preterm labor, saying it underscores how vulnerable women can be.
“It was one of the most horrifying experiences I have ever had,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
“I was alone and helpless. When I think about how women might face even worse abortions than me because of the new laws, my stomach turns.
Actress and politician Cynthia Nixon has said her mother had a “heartbreaking” clandestine abortion before the procedure was made legal, joining thousands who tweeted under #youknowme.
“In 2010, my wife had a legal abortion after finding out her pregnancy was not viable,” she also wrote in the post.
“We cannot and will not return.”
‘I have so much respect for women’: Liam Payne took to Instagram to also post a photo of Alabama lawmakers though they don’t usually comment on politics
British actor and presenter Jameela Jamil said having an abortion as a child was the “best decision I’ve ever made” and predicted Alabama law would lead to “chaos”.
“I hope the people of Alabama who want the abortion ban are willing to give their money and their space to the MEGA influx of children in need of care, coming to you,” she said. writing.
Singer Lady Gaga called the Alabama law “an outrage” and “odious” in her Twitter post. “So there’s a higher sentence for doctors who perform these surgeries than for most rapists?”
Actress Milla Jojovich has revealed how she had to have an emergency abortion when she was four months pregnant
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released a video of a woman whose mother died of an illegal, self-induced abortion in 1944.
“By limiting access to abortion, all we are doing is eliminating safe and supervised abortions,” he wrote.
“At the end of the day, it’s about women’s power,” Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in a post on Twitter.
“It’s a brutal form of oppression to take control of the 1 essential thing a person should be in control of: their own body.”
It was the 25 white politicians who passed the bill in Alabama on Tuesday. All are Republicans