Anne Hathaway has taken to Instagram to campaign for abortion rights and called out “white women” who helped sign the legislation into law.
The actress acknowledged that many men were involved in the creation of the anti-abortion laws currently sweeping across some parts of America’s deep-south, but she pointed to female legislators who helped push it through.
Last month Alabama state Republican rep Terri Collins sponsored the bill to make abortion illegal in the state, and another woman, Republican governor Kay Ivey, signed the bill last week.
“Yes the anti-abortion movement is primarily about controlling women’s bodies under the premise (for many, sincere) of saving lives, and yes this law is primarily the work of white men HOWEVER a white woman sponsored the bill and a white woman signed it into law,’ Anne Hathaway wrote on her social media page.
As we’re resisting, let us also call out the complicity of the white women who made this awful moment possible, and which–make no mistake–WILL lead to the unnecessary and avoidable deaths of women, a disproportionate number of whom will be poor and/or black.
Speak up. Show up. Don’t give up.
She went on to urge people to donate to charities and organisations in support of reproductive freedom, including “@yellowfund, @plannedparenthood, @arc_southeast, @abortionfunds, @whoohio, @napawf, @gwafund, and the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund.”
Americans have taken to the streets in protest of a series of bans against abortions after Alabama became the latest state to pass stringent abortion laws.
Celebrities, activists and politicians alike are using the hashtag #StopTheBans to campaign against the recent changes, including presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand who spoke at a rally of the same name.
“Our democracy only works when the people of this country stand up and demand it,” the New York senator said to cheers.
Do not allow this moment to pass without putting everything you have behind it … organise, advocate and vote.
In addition, celebrities, including Tess Holliday, Minka Kelly, Jameela Jamil, Milla Jovovich have shared their abortion stories to help end the stigma.