Bette Midler calls on women to sing a different tune.
The Golden Globe winner recently took to Twitter and offered an approach to protest Senate Bill 8, a strict and controversial law that bans most abortions. It was passed by the Texas legislature in May and came into effect on Wednesday.
“I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until Congress guarantees them the right to choose,” the 75-year-old said. tweeted.
But someone else may have already had this idea.
“My dad suggested this decades ago. ” responded Frank Sinatra’s daughter, Nancy Sinatra.
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The star used the social media platform to denounce the decision that allowed the bill to go into effect. It bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which is before most people know they are expecting. It does not allow exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest or rape.
Rather than being enforced by government authorities, the law gives citizens the right to bring civil suits and collect damages against anyone assisting with an abortion.
“Why can #antivaxxers and #antimaskers live the ‘my body, my choice’ life, but pregnant women aren’t allowed to?” wrote Midler. “How is that fair? Some say it’s Texas way of keeping black and brunette women poor. I’m saying it’s also because they want WHITE women to keep restocking.”
“The cruelty of #GOP is endless”, Midler continued. “We are suffering from COVID-19, hurricanes, apocalyptic floods, hell forest fires, unemployment, homelessness, evictions, racial strife, and they are choosing this horrific time to rack up another shock for women, by taking away their right to choose. “
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“It’s not about weapons, speech, money or war. It’s about women, their lives, their bodies and their autonomy,” she said. also tweeted. “That’s what allowed the court to do shoddy work, with reckless disregard, because who’s going to stop it?” Of course, they’ll just tolerate it. They did it in the middle of the night without worry or effort because they sincerely believe that they are just women and that they deserve what they get. “
Texas’ new law poses the biggest threat to date to the 1973 Supreme Court ruling establishing the right to abortion. Polls suggest the decision still enjoys broad support – 69% of voters in last year’s election said Roe v. Wade should be left as is, compared with just 29% saying it should be canceled, according to AP VoteCast, a voter poll.
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A June poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that most Americans think abortion should be restricted after the first trimester, but about six in ten said it should generally be legal during the first three months of pregnancy. More than eight in ten people said it should be legal in cases of rape or incest.
The survey found that young adults are particularly likely to support legal abortion. Sixty-three percent of people under 45 said abortion should generally be legal, compared with 51 percent of people 45 and over. Yet even young adults support certain limits on abortion depending on the time of pregnancy, with majorities in all age groups saying most abortions should be illegal by the third trimester.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.