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From Rihanna to pink: stars furious about American abortion law

The new, extremely strict abortion law that was approved in the US state of Alabama arouses anger and disgust at many female American stars. Rihanna, Pink and Reese Witherspoon, among others, have already spoken out against the decision in no uncertain terms.

The new law states that virtually all abortions are banned and that no exception is made for women who have been raped or are victims of incest. Only when a woman’s health is in serious danger can an abortion be performed.

A lot of stars can now be heard via social media. For example, Rihanna posted a photo of the people – all white men – who voted for the law with the text: “take a look. these are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America. Governor Kay Ivey… SHAME ON YOU!!!” Kay is the one who finally signed the law, even a woman.

From Rihanna to pink: stars furious about American abortion law
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Pink is also furious and writes: “Governor Kay Ivey has signed the most extreme abortion ban. This is not a coincidence, it is part of an attempt to ban abortion in its entirety. It is not only an attack on women in Alabama but on anyone who could become pregnant. There are no exceptions for incest or assault cases that endanger the lives of women. Doctors can go to jail if they provide care and 25 white men voted in favor of this law, while it concerns the health and rights of women.” In an earlier post, she also made a comparison with “The Handmaids Tale”: “But this is real life.”

Reese Witherspoon says on Twitter: “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.”

Lady Gaga finds the law disgusting. “So there is a higher penalty for the doctors who perform an abortion than for most rapists? This is a tragedy and I pray for all women and young girls who will suffer from”

#YouKnowMe

In her own talk show ‘Busy Tonight’, actress Busy Philipps frankly explained about the abortion she had herself performed at the age of fifteen. She also immediately launched a hashtag and called on others to share their own story. “One in four women has had an abortion. Many people think they don’t know anyone, but you know me (you know me, ed.),”Confesses Philipps. The hashtag #youknowme immediately went viral on Twitter. Thousands of women now share their abortion story in the hope of breaking the taboo around it.

A few stars also talked about their own abortion story. Actress Jameela Jamil announced that she had the procedure performed when she was young and that it was “the best decision she ever made.” “Both for myself and for the baby that I didn’t want. I was not emotionally, psychologically and financially ready. So many children will end up in foster homes, so many children will see their lives ruined as a result. It is so cruel.”

Actress Minka Kelly was also very young when she had an abortion performed. “If we – two people who were too young and ill-prepared – had given birth to a child without the help of family or help, the child would have known a world of unnecessary struggle. It would only have continued the circle of poverty, chaos and dysfunctional relationships.”

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When I was younger I had an abortion. It was the smartest decision I could’ve made, not only for myself & my boyfriend at the time, but also for this unborn fetus. For a baby to’ve been born to two people — too young and completely ill equipped — with no means or help from family, would have resulted in a child born into an unnecessary world of struggle. Having a baby at that time would have only perpetuated the cycle of poverty, chaos and dysfunction I was born into. Forcing a child to be born to a mother who isn’t ready, isn’t financially stable, was raped, a victim of incest (!!), isn’t doing that theoretical child any favors. For those of you insisting abortion is murder, and to Rep. Terri Collins who said “an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and attention” — forget bringing up the mother might be in need of some “love and attention.” What do you think happens to these kids who end up bouncing around in foster care, live on government assistance because the mother has no help, can’t afford childcare while she works a minimum wage job, and is trapped in a cycle of trying to survive on the meager government assistance so many of you same pro-lifers are determined to also take away. If you insist on forcing women to carry to term, why do you refuse to talk about comprehensive sex-ed, the maternal mortality rate, free daycare, paid maternity leave? Our lives, traumas & family planning is for no one to decide but us. Certainly not a group of old white men. Speaking of men… With all this punishment for women I wonder where all the punishment is for the men in this scenario. By looking at the photo of all the men who are making this mess, I find it hard to believe that if it were the autonomy of a man's body, health and life in question, I cant help but be certain we wouldn’t be having this conversation in the first place. I appreciate seeing men speak up on this issue – women do not get pregnant alone. Lest we forget, outlawing abortion has never stopped women from attempting it. @abortionfunds @yellowfund & @EmergeAmerica @emilys_list @runforsomethingnow who work 2 elect pro-choice candidates. #YouKnowMe

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Mila Jovovich does not like to interfere in political discussions but does it exceptionally. She herself underwent an abortion out of necessity when she had birth pains halfway through her pregnancy two years ago. “I had to stay awake all the time and it was one of the most horrible experiences I had. I was alone and helpless. And when I think of the many girls who will undergo an abortion in even worse circumstances, because it has become illegal under this new law, my stomach turns. No woman wants an abortion, but we have to fight for our rights in order to get one, in safe conditions.”

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I don’t like to get political and I try to only do it if a really have to and this is one of those times. If someone doesn’t want to continue reading, you have been warned. Our rights as women to obtain safe abortions by experienced doctors are again at stake. Last Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a draconian bill into law that outlaws all abortions after six weeks — before most women even realize they’re pregnant — including in cases of RAPE OR INCEST. This makes Georgia the sixth state to pass such a restrictive six-week abortion ban, joining Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa, and North Dakota. These laws haven’t been passed yet, but lawmakers in these states are trying. Abortion is hard enough for women on an emotional level without having to go through it in potentially unsafe and unsanitary conditions. I myself went through an emergency abortion 2 years ago. I was 4 1/2 months pregnant and shooting on location in Eastern Europe. I went into pre term labor and told that I had to be awake for the whole procedure. It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever gone through. I still have nightmares about it. I was alone and helpless. When I think about the fact that women might have to face abortions in even worse conditions than I did because of new laws, my stomach turns. I spiraled into one of the worst depressions of my life and had to work extremely hard to find my way out. I took time off of my career. I isolated myself for months and had to keep a strong face for my two amazing kids. I started gardening, eating healthier and going to the gym everyday because I didn’t want to jump into taking anti depressants unless I had tried every other alternative. Thank God I was able to find my way out of that personal hell without turning to medication, but the memory of what I went through and what I lost will be with me till the day I die. Abortion is a nightmare at its best. No woman wants to go through that. But we have to fight to make sure our rights are preserved to obtain a safe one if we need to. I never wanted to speak about this experience. But I cannot remain silent when so much is at stake. #prochoice #prochoicegeneration

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