Kacey Musgraves Voices Opinion on Controversial Alabama Abortion Law With Snarky Tweet
Kacey Musgraves, one of country music's more outspoken artists, chimed in on Twitter on Thursday (May 16), after a controversial abortion bill passed through the state of Alabama's legislature. The star's tweet is a little snarky, but shows her disapproval of the newly signed law.
On Tuesday (May 14), Alabama state senators voted 25-6 to approve HB 314, which classifies an abortion at any stage of pregnancy, including in cases of rape or incest, as a felony crime. The doctor who performs the abortion could receive a sentence of 10-99 years in prison, though the woman who seeks the abortion will not be punished. Exceptions will only be made if the woman's health is at risk.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed the law into action on Wednesday (May 15). "Every life is a sacred gift from God," she says of the decision. Per the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, abortion is a Constitutionally protected right, and is still legal within the United States as a whole.
In addition to Alabama, the states of Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio all also recently approved abortion bans that will make it illegal for women to seek abortions once the fetus' heartbeat is detected, which occurs at about six weeks into a pregnancy. Louisiana may soon pass a smiliar ban, while lawmakers in Missouri have banned abortions, with no exceptions for rape or incest, at eight weeks.
A number of celebrities have spoken out against these recently enacted laws, though Musgraves is the only major country artist to do so.
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