Billie Eilish calls Texas abortion ban 's**t', says 'my body, my f**king choice'

Billie Eilish, who will appear in 'The Nightmare Before Christmas', had almost refused to perform in Texas after abortion laws went into place


                            Billie Eilish calls Texas abortion ban 's**t', says 'my body, my f**king choice'
Billie Eilish speaks out about Texas abortion law (Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney, Twitter)
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Billie Eilish, who performed at Austin City Limits Music Festival on Saturday, had a message for the concert attendees about Texas' recent abortion laws, which were upheld by the Supreme Court.

The musician, who will appear as Sally in a live version of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' spoke out about how she had almost refused to perform in Texas after the abortion laws went into place. “When they made that s*t a law, I almost didn’t want to do the show, because I wanted to punish this f**king place for allowing that to happen here, but then I remembered that it’s you guys that are the f**king victims. And you deserve everything in the world," she said to a live audience. As she shared her thoughts on the new state law, Eilish showcased a graphic that read “Bans Off Our Bodies." “We need to tell them to shut the f**k up,” Eilish said, telling the crowd to put their middle fingers in the air. “My body, my f**king choice.”

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Texas Abortion Ban

Eilish was alluding to the new law in the state that bans all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which has been pelted with criticism in recent weeks. From September 1 onward a new Texas law SB8 went into effect, which is perhaps the most stringent restriction on abortion since the 1973 ruling went into effect. Not only does it heavily restrict abortions in Texas, but it also makes it much harder for the government to be held accountable, in what is being dubbed a "novel" strategy.

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Protesters hold up signs and cheer at a protest outside the Texas state capitol on May 29, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Thousands of protesters came out in response to a new bill outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected signed on Wednesday by Texas Governor Greg Abbot. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

 

Under Texas' new law SB8, abortions are now illegal six weeks into pregnancy. This is significant because at that stage most women don't even know they are pregnant. The law also doesn't provide any exception for rape or incest, but does have a loosely defined exemption for "medical emergencies". Effectively, it bans abortion without banning abortion. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks, but only if a woman has planned the pregnancy. The law would outlaw around 85% of abortions currently sought in the state, according to some estimates. 

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Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Texas over its new law. Attorney General Merrick Garland has called it “clearly unconstitutional under long-standing Supreme Court precedent.” 

'Billie queen of advocating for human rights'

After a video of her speech at the concert went viral on Twitter, Eilish fans lauded their idol for using her platform for speaking out about important issues. "Woke queen," one of them said, while another quipped, "Billie queen of music just for this." A third noted, "Let women do what they want with their body." One more stated, "We luv an Activist queen." The next remarked, "That’s right princess of alt, speak on it. Men shouldn’t be making decisions about women’s bodies." 

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One more added, "Actor, songwriter, singer, dancer, activist we love to see it." Another commented, "I f**king love her, what a queen." One of them noted, "Billie queen of advocating for human rights." A commenter tweeted, "No matter what you think of her she absolutely spilled." A person reacted wth, "ENDED TEXAS LEGISLATION." One more said, "Thank you for standing up for your generation, my daughters #mybodymychoice."

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