The United States is currently witnessing one of its largest nationwide protests as people take to the streets to defend their right to abortion. Hollywood celebrities have taken it upon themselves to use their platforms to speak out against anti-abortion laws while others have attended “Bans Off Our Bodies” rallies that have been planned across the country.
“I can’t work in Texas anymore,” said actress Lisa Ann Walter, who starred in The Parent Trap in 1988. Walter revealed she worked with SAG-AFTRA to educate members about reproductive health laws in each state. “We won’t give up until women’s empowerment is guaranteed across the country.”
Thousands of people turned out for the Los Angeles “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally outside City Hall, while more than 380 rallies were planned across the United States. The rally was part of a nationwide effort against the expected overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, which could lead to the loss of access to abortion for nearly 36 million people.
Through demonstrations and rallies, organizers can impress on leaders and changemakers that the public supports the Roe v. Wade of 1973 guaranteeing a national right to abortion. Connie Britton from The To Do List said: “One thing we all have in common is that we are enraged. Every woman, every family deserves the right to their own body,” as Variety reports.
Planned Parenthood ran a full-page ad in The New York Times and showed signatures supporting Roe v. Wade, Friday. Signatories included Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez, Olivia Rodrigo, Halsey and several other celebrities, saying “We won’t back down.” Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi posed with Cindy Burns and Laura Dern while holding a sign that read “No Uterus No Opinion.”
If Roe v. Wade is canceled, it will be up to each state to decide whether or not to allow abortions and how to set the conditions.
Action movie star Milla Jovovich took to Instagram on Saturday morning and urged all of her followers to support the morning rally in downtown Los Angeles. She wrote: “Bring water, wear green and come support a movement that really shouldn’t be happening these days.”
Other celebrities, including Mark Ruffalo, Dove Cameron, Kathy Griffin, Amber Tamblyn and Gloria Steinem, took to their respective social media platforms to stand up against anti-abortion laws and supported Roe v. Wade.
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