Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross and Alyssa Milano are among the more than 100 Hollywood stars who are furious over the controversial abortion law in Texas.
Texas on Wednesday introduced a controversial law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. It happened after that The US Supreme Court ruled that they do not block the law.
The law does not make an exception for rape or incest – and is thus the strictest abortion law in the United States.
The decision has led to more than 100 high-profile female Hollywood stars and some men protesting, writes Deadline.
Actors Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Kerry Washington and actress, activist and Pattern beauty founder Tracee Ellis Ross are among those who go out on social media. So do artists Pink and Cyndi Lauper, and “Sex and the City” star and politician Cynthia Nixon.
– Tactics for oppressing women
Several of the women on the list have shared a picture with the text: “I stand in solidarity with the Texans & people everywhere who seek reproductive freedom.”
In an Instagram post, Tracee Ellis Ross – who is the daughter of soul queen Diana Ross and the half-sister of the Norwegian-American businessman and mountain climber – points out Ross Arne Næss and the actor Evan Ross Næss – that many women do not even know they are pregnant at six weeks.
– This is a tactic to oppress women – especially black and brown women. Reproductive rights are human rights. All people (and yes, that includes women) should have physical integrity and access to sexual and reproductive health. This may be the first ban of many if we do not act, she writes.
Oscar winner, producer and “Big Little Lies” star Reese Witherspoon has shared a Twitter message and writes that she also goes against the law.
– I support the women in Texas who have a constitutional right to make their own decisions related to health and their own bodies, tweets Witherspoon, who in recent years has made a clearer mark in the political landscape than before.
Actress Connie Britton – known from, among other things, the TV series “Friday Night Lights” which was filmed in Austin – has written a long and emotional Instagram post about the state that was her home for several years.
– Texas, my beautiful Texas. This is a tough day for everyone, and a tough day for our nation, Britton starts the post.
– We are stronger than the oppressors
She further writes that the law shows how US politicians and the government, people she knows and does not know, act as if they have control over not only the body of women, but over the choice to become a mother.
– I know many in this country who support you today, as I do, and we will not let Texas show the way to this assault on women. We are stronger than the oppressors, Britton writes.
The 54-year-old goes on to tell how she, as the adoptive mother of a son, finds it hypocritical and vicious to force women who are unable to support and take care of a child to continue a life in a cycle often marked by poverty and abuse .
TV star Alyssa Milano urges to “stop calling it the anti-abortion law and instead call the law what it is, forced pregnancy.
Milan was the one that gave wings to the metoo movement after she posted a Twitter message on October 15, 201. There she encouraged other people who had also been sexually harassed to respond to her tweet with the hashtag “#MeToo”.
Lift and Über will cover the legal costs
President Joe Biden on Wednesday argued that the law is unconstitutional. Nancy Pelosi, leader of the House of Representatives, has called the law a disaster for women in Texas.
Several companies are also reacting strongly to the law. The taxi service Lyft og Über went out on Friday and said that they will cover the legal costs of drivers who are being sued to drive women to abortion clinics. Taxi drivers risk a fine of up to 10,000 dollars, equivalent to 87,000 Norwegian kroner at today’s exchange rate, if they become “assistants”.
Texas law differs from anti-abortion laws in other states in that it allows not only police and prosecutors, but also ordinary people – such as neighbors – to sue women who have abortions anonymously. The doctors and clinics that perform the procedure can also be sued in this way.
For abortionists in the Republican-dominated state, the new law is considered a major victory in the fight for unborn life.