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Celebs shred Alabama anti-abortion bill

Hollywood is speaking out against Alabama’s controversial anti-abortion legislation, with stars including John Legend and Milla Jovovich slamming the bill as “awful” and “draconian.”

The bill, passed by the Alabama Senate on Tuesday night, bans nearly all abortions in the state, making it the most restrictive anti-abortion legislation in the country.

{mosads}The move sends the measure to Gov. Kay Ivey (R), who has not indicated whether she’ll sign it but is generally supportive of anti-abortion measures.

The bill would ban abortions in virtually all instances, including for victims of rape and incest, and would only permit the procedure if necessary to save a mother’s life.

“All of Me” singer Legend took to Twitter on Tuesday to decry the state legislature’s vote:

Former “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington called the move “unconstitutional,” writing:

And Jovovich revealed in an Instagram post that she underwent an “emergency abortion” two years ago. Saying it was one of the most “horrific experiences” of her life, the “Resident Evil” star blasted Alabama’s bill, writing, “When I think about the fact that women might have to face abortions in even worse conditions than I did because of new laws, my stomach turns.”

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I don’t like to get political and I try to only do it if a really have to and this is one of those times. If someone doesn’t want to continue reading, you have been warned. Our rights as women to obtain safe abortions by experienced doctors are again at stake. Last Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a draconian bill into law that outlaws all abortions after six weeks — before most women even realize they’re pregnant — including in cases of RAPE OR INCEST. This makes Georgia the sixth state to pass such a restrictive six-week abortion ban, joining Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa, and North Dakota. These laws haven’t been passed yet, but lawmakers in these states are trying. Abortion is hard enough for women on an emotional level without having to go through it in potentially unsafe and unsanitary conditions. I myself went through an emergency abortion 2 years ago. I was 4 1/2 months pregnant and shooting on location in Eastern Europe. I went into pre term labor and told that I had to be awake for the whole procedure. It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever gone through. I still have nightmares about it. I was alone and helpless. When I think about the fact that women might have to face abortions in even worse conditions than I did because of new laws, my stomach turns. I spiraled into one of the worst depressions of my life and had to work extremely hard to find my way out. I took time off of my career. I isolated myself for months and had to keep a strong face for my two amazing kids. I started gardening, eating healthier and going to the gym everyday because I didn’t want to jump into taking anti depressants unless I had tried every other alternative. Thank God I was able to find my way out of that personal hell without turning to medication, but the memory of what I went through and what I lost will be with me till the day I die. Abortion is a nightmare at its best. No woman wants to go through that. But we have to fight to make sure our rights are preserved to obtain a safe one if we need to. I never wanted to speak about this experience. But I cannot remain silent when so much is at stake. #prochoice #prochoicegeneration

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Other entertainment industry figures — including “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi, former “Charmed” actress Alyssa Milano and comedian Sarah Silverman — have been vocal opponents of the legislation, which was also sharply condemned by multiple Democratic 2020 White House candidates.

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