Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Chris Evans and More Stars React to New Restrictive Abortion Bills

New restrictive abortion bills in several states and the recently signed Alabama law banning nearly all abortions — including those for victims of rape or incest — have stirred intense reactions across the country, and many celebrities are speaking out

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Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga shared her feelings on Twitter regarding the law, which was signed by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on May 15.

"It is an outrage to ban abortion in Alabama period," Gaga, 33, began in a post, "and all the more heinous that it excludes those that have been raped or are experiencing incest non consensual or not."

"This is a travesty and I pray for all these women and young girls who will suffer at the hands of this system," the "Shallow" singer wrote.

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Emily Ratajkowski

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Emily Ratajkowski also spoke out against the law on Instagram. "This week, 25 old white men voted to ban abortion in Alabama even in cases of incest and rape," wrote the model, 27. "These men in power are imposing their wills onto the bodies of women in order to uphold the patriarchy and perpetuate the industrial prison complex by preventing women of low economic opportunity the right to choose to not reproduce."

She continued: "The states trying to ban abortion are the states that have the highest proportions of black women living there. This is about class and race and is a direct attack on the fundamental human rights women in the US deserve and are protected by under Roe vs. Wade. Our bodies, our choice."

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Similarly, Rihanna posted a photo of some of the male lawmakers who voted for the ban. "These are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America," she wrote. "Governor Kay Ivey…SHAME ON YOU!!!!"

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Chris Evans

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Chris Evans also tweeted his disapproval of the new law, which is set to take effect in six months though it will likely be halted while the courts weigh in.

The ban is designed to push the Supreme Court into overturning its landmark Roe v. Wade decision nearly 50 years ago. The ban’s supporters, echoing longstanding criticism of abortion, say they want to protect all pregnancies.

Evans, 37, linked the latest anti-abortion efforts to larger political trends.

"This is absolutely unbelievable," the Captain America star wrote on Twitter. "If you’re not worried about roe v wade, you’re not paying attention. This is why voting matters!!"

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Sophia Bush

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Sophia Bush also took a broad view of the issue. Sharing a sentiment from Alyssa Milano earlier this year that aims at protecting Title X, the national program dedicated to no- and low-cost reproductive health care, Bush wrote on Instagram: "Health care is a human right. Reproductive health care is a human right. I stand against the latest attack on reproductive health care. Period."

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Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen expressed his anger at the lawmakers who approved the bill, tweeting, "there is a cold place in hell for the Alabama Senate." The follwing day, he added, "I believe that women should have complete jurisdiction over their bodies."

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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The Modern Family star shared a photo of the 25 senators as well, writing, "I never thought anyone would disappoint me as much as Donald Trump but then these 25 white male a------s came along."

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Sarah Silverman

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The comedian spoke out on Twitter as well, calling out men for not seeming to acknowledge their role in pregnancies: "27 white males just decided what Alabama women can and can’t do with their own bodies and lives. *(Males cause 100% of unwanted pregnancies)."

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Busy Philipps

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Busy Philipps, who recently revealed she had an abortion, called for other women to share their abortion stories as a way of humanizing the issue.

"1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don’t know someone who has, but #youknowme," the Busy Tonight host wrote on Twitter. "So let’s do this: if you are also the 1 in 4: let’s share it and start to end the shame."

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Lena Headey

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Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey followed Philipps' lead, Instagramming her initial tweet and captioning it, "youknowme #NoShame Women's and Girls Rights are human rights."

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Ben Feldman

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The Mad Men actor retweeted a CNN Breaking News Update that Alabama had passed the abortion ban, adding, "We are living in a nightmare."

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Leslie Jones

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On the May 18 episode of Saturday Night Live, Leslie Jones spoke out against the strict new laws, joining Colin Jost during the "Weekend Update" segment wearing a costume inspired by The Handmaid's Tale. She then removed the robes to reveal a black T-shirt that said "MINE" with an arrow pointing downwards.

Jones began by calling out the 25 white male Alabama senators who voted to pass the law in their state, describing their photos as "the mug shots of everyone arrested at a massage parlor."

"You can’t control women," she continued. "Because, I don’t know if y’all heard, but women are the same as humans."

Growing more serious, she added, "When women have a choice, women have freedom. The fact that nine states are doing this means this really is a war on women."

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Alyssa Milano

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The Charmed actress and outspoken activist shared a photo of herself holding her daughter, writing, "this is my daughter. Her rights are human rights."

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Chelsea Handler

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The comedian spoke out on Twitter, saying, "Of those 25 men who voted to ban abortion in Alabama, I’d like to know how many of them have ever been pregnant. Or have gotten pregnant as a result of rape. I’d like to know how many of those men know exactly what it is like to be a woman. The answer is zero."

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