News of Alabama’s new abortion law passing this Wednesday—a revision that banned abortion outright and reframed it as a criminalized act punishable by law, even in cases of rape or incest—has left many both equally shocked and ready to fight back against it.
Of the many speaking up in protest against these new restrictions on women’s reproductive rights are a number of musicians; refreshingly using their platform to illuminate the dangerous and discriminatory implications of these rights being stripped away.
One of the first major artists to speak out against the new law upon its passing, Lady Gaga shared a message of solidarity which said that these new restrictions are “a travesty and I pray for all these women and young girls who will suffer at the hands of this system”:
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 15, 2019
The 25 men who voted to ban abortion in Alabama. It's literally like someone copy pasted their ugly ass faces ewwww pic.twitter.com/HvnvrXCYlj
— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) May 16, 2019
A major issue with the passing of a law that places such strict control over women’s bodies is that the senators who brought it into reality are all men, obviously a group that lacks the authority to make decisions on reproductive rights. Ex-One Directioner Liam Payne pointed out that “abortion up to a certain point should always be legal, it’s only right that women are given that choice to make for themselves,” while others were (justifiably) more scathing in calling out the senators:
— Liam (@LiamPayne) May 16, 2019
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
Another number of musicians couldn’t help but get a sense of déjà vu when it came to these new laws, with many comparing their passing to the terrifying, misogynist dystopia of The Handmaid’s Tale:
FUCK THE PATRIARCHY I AM DONE WITH THIS BULLSHIT HANDMAIDS TALE SHIT WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) 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
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
Beyond the oppressive nature of these laws, many were quick to point out the Alabama senate’s approach to abortion as just the latest evidence that the patriarchy is alive and well in its continued attempt to exert control over women’s bodies:
Women should unequivocally have the right to choose what happens to their bodies. MY BODY. MY CHOICE. FUCK THE PATRIARCHY!!! #AbortionRights
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) May 15, 2019
Assigning felonies to people who seek abortion is a means to assure that those with that autonomy are stripped of their right to vote. And therefore perpetuates the cycle.
— h (@halsey) May 16, 2019
Not your body. Not your choice. No justification needed. No man should be making such a fundamental decision on a womans body. How is it that abortion gets banned before guns? Our rights need to be heard. And we have a right to be outraged. In solidarity with my sisters. pic.twitter.com/zd02EVmCNx
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) May 16, 2019
If you’re in Canada and wondering how you can help preserve pro-choice abortion rights, join or donate to the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada or one of the many local groups listed on their website.