This week Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey, signed America’s most restrictive abortion law.
The law disputes the supreme court’s ruling for Roe v. Wade in 1973 which established safe and legal abortion as a constitutional right.
Pop culture icons express outrage and protest Alabama’s anti-abortion law on social media.
When the law takes effect in 6 months, doctors who perform abortions will face 10-99 years in jail. For women, permission is granted only “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother,” and is not granted in cases of rape or incest. This Alabama Life Protection Act was voted on by an all-male slate of 25 Republican senators.
Powerful women in music are taking to social media to shine the spotlight on America’s most restrictive abortion law.
Rihanna posted an image of the 25 men with the caption, “take a look. these are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America.”
At the same time, Lady Gaga shares her thoughts calling the law an “outrage” and “heinous”. She sympathises with the women of Alabama, saying: “This is a travesty and I pray for all these women and girls who will suffer at the hands of this system”.
Meanwhile, Janelle Monae shares tweets from Alexandria Ocascio-Cortex, a New York congresswoman, “Abortion bans aren’t just about controlling women’s bodies. They’re about controlling women’s sexuality. Owning women.”
Maggie Rogers seemed to nail how we are feeling after reading the news, saying: “all I’m left with is this boiling feeling of helplessness + anger + fear in my chest.”
We also have Kacey Musgraves, Dua Lipa, Zara Larsson, Tove Lo, Lizzo, Tegan & Sara all expressing their frustration to the Twitter masses.