On Wednesday (May 15), Alabama's female Governor Kay Ivey signed the nation's most restrictive abortion law, one that essentially outlaws abortions, even cases of incest and rape. The new law — which won't take effect for six months — makes it a Class A felony to perform an abortion, with doctors facing a prison sentence of 10-99 years under the provisions voted on by an all-male slate of 25 Republican Alabama senators.
Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia and Mississipi are all considering or in the process of passing similar anti-abortion legislation as the "pro-life" movement enjoys a strong wave of institutional support, with a number of "heartbeat" bills advancing across the nation in what many see as a precursor to a long-sought Supreme Court challenge to the landmark 1973 Roe V. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.
Many artists and musicians have made it known that they do not count themselves among those supporters.
Below, see messages about how some of our most popular cultural icons view the law.