Celebrities including Reese Witherspoon, Pink, Eva Longoria and popular children’s author Judy Bloom voiced their outrage Thursday against a new Texas pro-life law that could save tens of thousands of unborn babies from abortion every year.
The Texas heartbeat law went into effect Wednesday, prohibiting abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Late in the day, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to temporarily block enforcement of the law – prompting outrage from abortion activists and their friends in politics and the entertainment industry.
Among them were Witherspoon, Pink, Bloom and Longoria, AFP reports.
Using the misleading hashtag #BansOffOurBodies, actress/producer Witherspoon wrote on Twitter, “I stand with the women of Texas who have the Constitutional right to make decisions about their health and their own bodies.”
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She also shared a tweet from Planned Parenthood that slammed the heartbeat law as “ridiculous” and urged people to “step up and fight for reproductive freedom.”
Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) also criticized the pro-life law, writing: “It’s pretty simple. We should all be able to make decisions about our health & future.” She neglected the fact that babies in the womb deserve that same privilege.
“But between [Texas’s] extreme abortion ban & states passing a record number of abortion restrictions this year, we have to fight for everyone’s reproductive freedom,” Longoria continued.
Singer Pink also criticized the pro-life law as “extreme,” despite several polls showing support for heartbeat laws among Americans.
“This ban … will be the blueprint for bans across the US. Unless we do something about it,” she wrote on Twitter.
Echoing her almost word-for-word, Blume, known for her children’s books “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” and “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” also described the life-saving law as an “extreme” abortion ban on Twitter.
The abortion industry in Texas received other comments of support from actresses Amy Schumer, Alyssa Milano, Aisha Tyler, Elizabeth Banks, singer Halsey and other celebrities.
Though about a dozen states have passed heartbeat laws, Texas is the first to be allowed to enforce its law. The others have been blocked by the courts.
The law has the potential to save tens of thousands of babies from abortion. In 2020, about 54,000 unborn babies were aborted in Texas, and about 85 percent happened after six weeks of pregnancy, according to state health statistics. That means more than 100 unborn babies with beating hearts may be spared from abortion every single day in Texas.
Whether the Texas law will remain in effect or ultimately be upheld as constitutional in court remains uncertain, but pro-life leaders are hopeful now that the Supreme Court has a conservative majority.
Meanwhile, pro-life advocates are reaching out to pregnant women across Texas with compassion and understanding, offering resources and emotional support to help them and their babies. Earlier this year, state lawmakers increased support for pregnant and parenting mothers and babies, ensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies.
Women may call or text 1-800-712-4357 or chat online with OptionLine, a 24-hour bilingual hotline run by Heartbeat International that has helped connect millions of women to pregnancy and parenting resources.
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