Celebrities are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to condemning the highly restrictive anti-abortion law, which went into effect last week in Texas, and singer Bette Midler is one of those.
The 75-year-old offered a creative approach to protesting Senate Bill 8, tweeting, “I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress.”
Singer Nancy Sinatra replied, “My dad [Frank Sinatra] actually suggested that decades ago.”
On Friday, Midler spoke out against the anti-choice law, writing, “This isn’t about guns, speech, money or war. It’s about women, their lives, their bodies, and their autonomy.”
“That’s what allowed the court to do shoddy work, with careless disregard, because who’s going to stop it? They only did the thing in the dead of night, without care or effort, because they believe women are so used to being gaslit that of course, they’ll just tolerate it,” she continued.
“They did the thing in the dead of night without care or effort because they genuinely believe that they’re only women, and they deserve what they get,” she added.
The bill, which took effect last week, prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which is before most people know they are pregnant. And the bill does not allow exceptions for pregnancies that are the result of incest or rape, per PEOPLE.
After the bill went into effect, President Joe Biden said that it “blatantly violates the constitutional right established under Roe v. Wade and upheld as precedent for nearly half a century.”
He said the law will “significantly impair women’s access to the health care they need, particularly for communities of color and individuals with low incomes.”
“And, outrageously, it deputizes private citizens to bring lawsuits against anyone who they believe has helped another person get an abortion,” he added, “which might even include family members, health care workers, front desk staff at a health care clinic, or strangers with no connection to the individual.”
In Texas, many abortion providers attempted to stop the bill. They even urged the Supreme Court to issue an emergency block before it went into effect.
The providers argued that the law “would immediately and catastrophically reduce abortion access in Texas, barring care for at least 85 percent of Texas abortion patients (those who are six weeks pregnant or greater) and likely forcing many abortion clinics ultimately to close.” The story first appeared in PEOPLE.