Alyssa Milano, Ava DuVernay and More Hollywood Stars Slam Alabama's Near-Total Abortion Ban

Alyssa Milano, Ava DuVernay and More Hollywood Stars Slam Alabama's Abortion Ban
Alyssa Milano attends the VH1 Trailblazer Honors held at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on February 20, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. Milano and several more Hollywood figures spoke out against Alabama's near-total abortion ban. Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Celebrities are expressing their outrage with Alabama's near-total abortion ban bill that the state Senate passed Tuesday night. Under the bill, doctors could face up to 99 years in prison if they provide an abortion.

The bill, HB 314, was passed in the Republican-led Senate by a 25-6 vote and now goes to Republican Governor Kay Ivey for signing. It outlaws abortions at every stage of pregnancy, even for women who became pregnant by rape or incest. The only exceptions listed on the bill were instances of "serious health risk" to the pregnant woman, a "lethal anomaly" of a fetus or an ectopic pregnancy, where the fertilized egg grows outside the uterus.

Democrats tried to adjust the bill to exempt rape and incest, but the motion failed 11-21.

The bill goes against the nationwide laws established by Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that recognized a woman's right to end a pregnancy, and has been met with extreme backlash across the United States and among Hollywood's biggest stars.

Actress and activist Alyssa Milano was one of the first to comment on the bill, noting it was passed by a group of exclusively white men.

"Not one uterus. NOT ONE UTERUS," she tweeted on Tuesday.

Not one uterus. NOT ONE UTERUS. https://t.co/WDnTzrU00Z

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 15, 2019

Award-winning director Ava DuVernay called on citizens across the nation to speak out against the bill. "Don't move forward after reading this like everything is normal. Don't shake your head at Alabama and then keep going on about your day. Realize that this is a warning," DuVernay wrote. "It's Alabama and abortion today. It's you and your rights tomorrow. Your silence will not save you. So speak up."

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. https://t.co/kIz78uAU1T

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 15, 2019

Actor Chris Evans urged people to use their voices by going to the voting polls. "This is absolutely unbelievable. If you're not worried about Roe v Wade, you're not paying attention. This is why voting matters!!" he wrote.

This is absolutely unbelievable. If you’re not worried about roe v wade, you’re not paying attention. This is why voting matters!! https://t.co/gZ5lrj7tQ1

— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 15, 2019

Ivey, Alabama's governor, has six days to sign the bill. If she does, it would go into effect six months after becoming law.

Alabama is just the latest state of many that have passed draconian abortion laws on the Senate or House voting floor recently. Both Georgia and Ohio passed new bills that would prevent women from seeking abortion after a fetus's heartbeat is detected, which is usually within six weeks of conception.

See more reactions to Alabama's abortion bill below.

1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don't know someone who has, but #youknowme. So let's do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let's share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth.

— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) May 15, 2019

These statehouses are waging all-out war on women and their right to control their reproductive decisions. This is awful. https://t.co/noOY2pEsqX

— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 15, 2019

THIS IS REAL & is HAPPENING IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA https://t.co/x7juRSCzkD

— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather👽🚆🤖🚀🪐 (@JanelleMonae) May 15, 2019

Do what the Alabama government refuses to do: help women by donating to the https://t.co/VxouPOI5gt. Donating is as easy as flicking an embryo out of a uterus should be.

— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) May 15, 2019

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. https://t.co/wxjC2VVUcv

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 15, 2019

Alabama is No sweet home

— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) May 15, 2019

The Alabama Senate
AKA
The Sick 25#AlabamaSenate https://t.co/0CozH2wqLE

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) May 15, 2019

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

— Andy Cohen (@Andy) May 15, 2019

Alabama bans abortion even in case of rape or incest! Welp! This from a state that came within a few votes of voting a known pedophile to the US Senate! #TeamDl

— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) May 15, 2019