'Captain America' star Chris Evans slams 'absolutely unbelievable' Alabama abortion bill
Captain America star Chris Evans has taken to Twitter to slam Alabama's near-total abortion ban, which provides no exceptions in the most extreme of circumstances including rape and incest.
On Tuesday night, the Alabama State Senate passed the bill - which many have branded a 'draconian' violation of women's rights - in a 25 to 6 vote.
Alabama isn't the only state to pass anti-abortion legislation recently. Busy Philipps spoke out against Georgia's controversial abortion bill, passed earlier this week:
The move prompted a number of high-profile individuals to condemn the shift against abortion rights, including the 37-year-old Avengers star.
"This is absolutely unbelievable," Evans wrote on Twitter. "If you’re not worried about roe v wade, you’re not paying attention. This is why voting matters!!"
Unsurprisingly, the actor's tweet was met with a great deal of praise from fans who applauded him for using his platform to stand up for abortion rights.
Other stars who publicly expressed outrage over the new legislation include actress Milla Jovovich - who shared her own 'horrific' abortion experience - Jameela Jamil, Sarah Silverman, Holland Taylor and Ava DuVernay.
"Don’t move forward after reading this like everything is normal," DuVernay tweeted. "Don’t shake your head at Alabama and then keep going about your day. Realize that this is a warning. It’s Alabama and abortion today. It’s you and your rights tomorrow. Your silence will not save you. So speak up."
While Sarah Silverman agreed: "Good grief. Women should have the same autonomy over our bodies that men do. If we don’t have autonomy we don’t have equal rights. This is devolution."
The decision now lies in the hands of Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican. If she signs the bill, it will become law.
And if it becomes law, all abortions will be banned in Alabama, apart from when "abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk" to the woman.
It would criminalise the procedure and reclassify it as a Class A felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors. Attempted abortions would be reclassified as a Class C penalty.