'Shame on you'-- Rihanna slams Alabama governor for banning abortion

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The Missouri legislation comes after Alabama's governor signed a bill Wednesday making performing an abortion a felony in almost all cases. Singer Lady Gaga called it "heinous" and an "outrage" and former Captain America star Chris Evans called it "absolutely unbelievable", while Bravo talk host Andy Cohen "there is a cold place in hell for the Alabama Senate".

Echoing a common talking point, New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested that the law would make abortion punishable with jail time, including "women victimized by rape+incest", while lamenting the lack of "added punishments for rapists". Doctors in Missouri could face five to 15 years in prison for performing an abortion after eight weeks, but women would not face criminal penalties for terminating their pregnancies. The typical provision in other states is to allow abortions until 24 weeks or often later.

The new law has been described as the nation's most restrictive abortion legislation under the Alabama Human Life Protection Act.

The Democrats running for their party's 2020 presidential nomination took to social media to declare that the law "extreme" and an "utter disgrace".

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In an echo of the tight strictures put on abortion in Alabama earlier this week with a law that has been passed but not get come into force, the legislation includes an exception for medical emergencies threatening a woman's health, but not for rape or incest. Many of these bills are a direct affront to Black women and women of color who lack access to sufficient health care due to income inequality and health care access through full-time employment.

"Our democracy should not be held hostage by right-wing courts, and women should not have to hope that Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump's Supreme Court will respect the law", she said. "Second, they must prohibit states from interfering in the ability of a patient to access medical care, including abortion services, from a provider that offers them". "No abortions after a heartbeat is detected, no abortions after the baby can feel pain, abortions are outlawed after Roe v. Wade is overturned". "We're not going back - not now, not ever", Warren said. Women who receive abortions would not be criminally penalized.

In Roe, Texas argued that "the fetus is a "person, '" whose right to life was protected by "due process" and "equal protection" of law under the 14th Amendment".

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