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Celebrities lash out at Texas abortion law

Issued on: 03.09.2021 – 1:38 amChanged: 03/09/2021 – 1:36 AM

Los Angeles (AFP)

Hollywood actors, musicians and celebrities fought against a new law in Texas on Thursday that bans almost all abortions in the conservative US state.

Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria Baston and P! Nk criticized the “fetal heartbeat” law, which bans abortions beyond six weeks – before many women even know they are pregnant.

“It’s pretty simple. We should all be able to make decisions about our health and future,” tweeted Desperate Housewives star Longoria Baston.

“But between (Texas) extreme abortion bans and states that are passing record numbers of abortion restrictions this year, we must fight for reproductive freedom for all.”

Actress and producer Reese Witherspoon tweeted under the hashtag #BansOffOurBodies: “I stand with the women of Texas who have the constitutional right to decide about their health and their own bodies.”

Singer P! Nk said: “I stand in solidarity with the people in (Texas) who are threatened with an extreme 6-week abortion ban from today.

“This ban … will be the blueprint for bans in the US. Unless we do something about it.”

Celebrity responses were among a flurry of reactions after the United States Supreme Court refused to block the law at eleventh hour.

Texas law makes no exceptions for rape or incest. The only exception is when there is a risk to the woman’s health.

While a dozen Republican-led conservative states have passed similar laws, all have been obstructed in court.

Pro-Choice attorneys say the Supreme Court’s refusal to step in to block the bill jeopardizes rights enshrined in U.S. law since a landmark 1973 case.

“The Supreme Court’s overnight ruling is an unprecedented assault on the constitutional rights of a woman under Roe v. Wade who has been the law of the country for nearly fifty years,” President Joe Biden said in a statement.

The law in Republican-dominated Texas is particularly controversial because it allows the public to sue doctors who perform abortions, with medical professionals liable up to $ 10,000 for every procedure they perform.

Abortion is a touchstone issue in the United States that is generating strong reactions on both sides.

Texas law is one of a series of state-level measures that have come to the fore as Republican-dominated lawmakers seek to create rules that polls show a majority of Americans disagree with.

The appointment of three judges to the Supreme Court by former President Donald Trump has encouraged the right – especially evangelical Christians – who see an opportunity to reverse a decision they believe is against the will of God.

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