The new legislation bans abortions except in order "to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother" or if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly." Exceptions cannot be made in cases such as pregnancy by rape or incest, and doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison.
As such, a number of prominent female figures from the entertainment industry have used their platforms to denounce the law and pledge support for the women subjected to it.
Rihanna cast a "SHAME ON YOU!" specifically towards the white men supporting the restrictions on women, while Lady Gaga questioned why "there's a higher penalty for doctors who perform these operations than for most rapists."
Other musicians like Kacey Musgraves, Lizzo, Janelle Monáe and Waxahatchee also voiced their concern and disgust at the new laws, while TV personalities like Ellen DeGeneres and Jameela Jamil also spoke out.
See some of the criticism below.
take a look. these are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America.— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 16, 2019
Governor Kay Ivey...SHAME ON YOU!!!! pic.twitter.com/WuAjSVv6TH
Sooo what's gonna happen when one of those Alabama senators knocks up one of his mistresses? pic.twitter.com/VfwTYzX1CS— K A C E Y M U S G R A V E S (@KaceyMusgraves) May 16, 2019
This is how The Handmaid's Tale started. It's shit like this and we gon look up and be enslaved again y'all — stay vigilant because this is terrifying https://t.co/o7MgwFvab9— |L I Z Z O| (@lizzo) 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
i woke up to the news of this terrible abortion ban rattled & disheartened. alabama is my home state as many of you know. i lived there for the first 22 years of my life & it's a huge part of who i am. i love the south deeply & believe at its best it is just pure magic. but as many know, being southern means living with a visceral & jarring divide perpetually. you're so often brushing shoulders with people whose political beliefs will jolt & disturb you to your very core. our leaders & lawmakers are trying to enforce a ban that is absolutely cruel. it's medieval, & like all other hateful decisions made by the most powerful people in our government, it's going to hit the most marginalized folks the hardest. truly tragic, endlessly frustrating & literally so close to home. i guess i'm writing this just to say to all of you: hold space for your anger. hold space for your sadness. i have so much love in my heart for every single person who's been negatively affected by this news today. & hey, get involved however you can. i posted a link in my bio to a great article with some resources for helping out. alabama, i love you but you're bringing me down.
if you're a man and you think that The Handmaid's Tale is a well-crafted show but maybe not the best way for a modern society to operate then it's a really good time to start speaking out against the current war on women's bodies/minds. we need your allyship.— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) May 15, 2019
I stand with the women in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, and everywhere, who have the right to decide what happens to their bodies, as we all do.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 16, 2019
You know none of these motherfuckers loves children pic.twitter.com/DUMIGrkLDI— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) 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
This anti-abortion law in Georgia is so upsetting, inhumane, and blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women, a disregard for our rights, bodies, mental health, and essentially a punishment for rape victims, forcing to carry the baby of their rapist. https://t.co/WROYaLAwPG— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) May 13, 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. 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