Under the law, abortions are banned after six weeks of pregnancy — before most women know that they're pregnant.
Bette Midler has condemned the recent controversial Texas abortion bill that went into effect this week. The four-time Golden Globe winner tweeted on Thursday, "I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress." Even Frank Sinatra's daughter, singer Nancy Sinatra, replied to the 75-year-old's tweet.
My dad actually suggested that decades ago.— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) September 3, 2021
Midler continued speaking out against the highly restrictive abortion law on Friday. "This isn't about guns, speech, money, or war. It's about women, their lives, their bodies, and their autonomy. That's what allowed the court to do shoddy work, with careless disregard, because who's going to stop it? They only did the thing in the dead of night, without care or effort, because they believe women are so used to being gaslit that of course, they'll just tolerate it," Midler added. "They did the thing in the dead of night without care or effort because they genuinely believe that they're only women, and they deserve what they get." The actress also shared a quote from a letter penned by Heather Cox Richardson, ‘A state has undermined the power of the federal government to protect civil rights. It has given individuals who disagree with one particular right the power to take it away from their neighbors.’
My heart goes out to the women of Texas tonight and all the states that will inevitably follow. This is devastating.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) September 2, 2021
According to PEOPLE, Senate Bill 8 was passed through Texas legislature in May and took effect on Tuesday after midnight. It is now the most restrictive abortion law in the country and has received widespread criticism from around the world. The law bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy... a time frame before most women know that they're pregnant. There also seems to be no exceptions in the law for pregnancies that are the result of incest or rape. Private citizens can sue abortion clinics they suspect of performing illegal abortions after six weeks, along with anyone who aided in an abortion. This could include driving someone to an appointment or helping them with the costs. If the lawsuit is successful, they will be awarded a minimum of $10,000.
Texas has gone back to the stone ages ! Anyone can carry an UNLICENSED gun everywhere but a girl or woman can't abort her rapist's child. Let that sink in.— KB (@GalwayGirl2505) September 2, 2021
President Joe Biden responded to the law saying that it "blatantly violates the constitutional right established under Roe v. Wade and upheld as precedent for nearly half a century." The law will "significantly impair women's access to the health care they need, particularly for communities of color and individuals with low incomes. And, outrageously, it deputizes private citizens to bring lawsuits against anyone who they believe has helped another person get an abortion, which might even include family members, health care workers, front desk staff at a health care clinic, or strangers with no connection to the individual."
"Patients will have to travel out of state — in the middle of a pandemic — to receive constitutionally guaranteed health care. And many will not have the means to do so," Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. "It's cruel, unconscionable, and unlawful." Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who chairs the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, told the Senate to “act legislatively to protect the legal right to abortion for every American, regardless of where they live. If you disagree with the idea that a complete stranger could, legally, demand $10,000 from you just because they disagree with your personal decisions, you should find this Texas anti-abortion ban as much of a nightmare as I do,” she said in a statement. However, the public is fighting back, and in the most creative ways. According to the New York Times, activists said they pranked a website set up by the state’s largest anti-abortion group by sending bogus reports. Some tips even included fictional characters from Marvel’s Avengers, who were also apparently seeking abortions. One TikToker generated fake reports to the prolifewhistleblower.com site. “What if somebody very technical, very handsome, set up a bot that automatically sent the request to their website,” a developer with the alias Sean Black said on TikTok. “Oh wait. It was me. I did that.”