Ava Duvernay responds to Alabama’s abortion law ‘Your silence will not save you about’

Image: Jordan Strauss/January Images/Shutterstock On Tuesday night, the state of Alabama’s Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion — the most restrictive abortion bill in the country. And already, celebrities are using their platform...

On Tuesday night, the state of Alabama’s Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion — the most restrictive abortion bill in the country. And already, celebrities are using their platform to speak out against what they are calling an “unbelievable,” “inhumane” and “draconian” transgression of women’s rights.

The law, if not blocked, mandates that doctors who perform abortions at any stage of pregnancy will face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Although Democrats attempted to add an amendment that allowed exceptions for rape or incest, that motion failed. If the punitive action sounds extreme, consider that a decade is the minimum proposed sentence. Under the legislation, doctors could face up to 99 years, or life, in prison for performing an abortion. There is an exception for cases where the mother’s life is at risk, such as with ectopic pregnancies, or if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly,” according to CNN.

This news comes only a week after another Southern state signed into law a similarly controversial ban. Dubbed the “heartbeat bill,” Georgia’s ban states that abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy can be criminalized.

While celebrities can’t undo the actions of Alabama’s Senate (or Georgia’s), they can and are going on the record to condemn both the ban and the actions that led to it.

John Leguizamo

@JohnLeguizamo

The Alabama senate voted to ban abortion. Oh, and no exceptions for rape or incest, in case you were wondering if they’re a bunch of fucking monsters.

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Jane Lynch

@janemarielynch

THE GOAL IS TO CONTROL WOMEN.

Eric Meyer@meyerweb

Saying the quiet part out loud, committing the oldest gaffe in politics. The goal isn’t to save every fertilized egg; the goal is to control women. I used to think there was a chance they actually believed the “life begins at the moment of conception” line—the more fool I. https://twitter.com/lyman_brian/status/1128413792801521664 

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Andy Cohen

@Andy

There is a cold place in hell for the Alabama Senate.

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Alex Hirsch

@_AlexHirsch

Alabama just passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the country: 99 years in jail for doctor who performs an abortion. No exception for rape and incest. Women will die. This is medieval cruelty and ignorance. We need to do something

Laura Bassett

@LEBassett

The amendment to add rape and incest exceptions failed 11-22. Alabama will make abortions a felony, in all cases, from the moment of conception, punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

Alex Hirsch

@_AlexHirsch

This is a direct consequence of Donald Trumps presidency (he said “there needs to be punishment for the women” during campaign) & Brett Kavanaughs nom. Everyone needs to see this for what it is- a religious minority is emboldened & trying to steal rights from women/ overturn Roe.

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Celebrities, from athletes to entertainers and everything in between, are also urging citizens to take an action-based approach in their opposition.

Piper Perabo

@PiperPerabo

.@NARAL thank you for being here. I just donated to @YellowFund if you can support even in a small way, please do. Women need our support, let’s show them we’re here for them.

ilyse hogue

@ilyseh

Breaking: Alabama Senate just passed a total abortion ban in the state. @NARAL is raising money for @YellowFund an abortion fund to help women facing this dangerous and demeaning law. Help us help them. Donate here! https://secure.actblue.com/donate/20190504_al-ban 

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Ava DuVernay

@ava

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.

CNN International

@cnni

Alabama has sent the most restrictive abortion bill in the country to the governor’s desk.

It could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison, and an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims failed. https://cnn.it/2VAPmFA 

49K people are talking about this

Chris Evans

@ChrisEvans

This is absolutely unbelievable. If you’re not worried about roe v wade, you’re not paying attention. This is why voting matters!! https://twitter.com/everywhereist/status/1128489391788216321 

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Some point to the inherent hypocrisy of the law.

Patrick Shriver

@PSchwarzenegger

Just so I’m understanding this correctly… in Alabama, a man who RAPES & gets a women pregnant will serve LESS time then the person that removes the embryo that was forcefully put in the victim…

448 people are talking about this

Alyssa Milano

@Alyssa_Milano

Not one uterus. NOT ONE UTERUS.

Simran Jeet Singh

@SikhProf

22 Senators voted against including an exception for rape or incest in Alabama’s new draconian abortion law.

Notice any similarities?

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Patton Oswalt

@pattonoswalt

Yes, the news out of Alabama tonight is HORRIFYING. Rapists are facing less jail time than a doctor who performs an abortion on a rape victim. See below for where you can donate to help fight and hopefully reverse this sheer evil.

Charlotte Clymer🏳️‍🌈

@cmclymer

If you’re looking for something to do immediately tonight regarding Alabama, consider donating to @yellowfund, a state organization dedicated to providing resources for access to abortion care: https://yellowhammerfund.org  https://twitter.com/ihatejoelkim/status/1128513775336927232 

4,214 people are talking about this

Jena Friedman

@JenaFriedman

In Alabama, life begins at rape.

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While others are expressing their shock that the ban exists.

Janelle Monáe, Cindi

@JanelleMonae

THIS IS REAL & is HAPPENING IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Laura Bassett

@LEBassett

The amendment to add rape and incest exceptions failed 11-22. Alabama will make abortions a felony, in all cases, from the moment of conception, punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

8,119 people are talking about this

Ben Feldman

@WhosBenFeldman

We are living in a nightmare.

CNN Breaking News

@cnnbrk

The Alabama Senate passes the most restrictive abortion ban in the US, making it a felony with very limited exceptions https://cnn.it/30kHBST 

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Called the Human Life Protection Act, the ban will now land on the desk of Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey. She has six days to sign the legislation which, if she did, would take effect six months after becoming law.

Source: sheknows.com

Photo Credit: Variety

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