Lady Gaga Reacts to Alabama Abortion Bill's Passage: 'It Is an Outrage ... Period'
"It is an outrage to ban abortion in Alabama period, and all the more henious that it excludes those who have been raped or are experiencing incest non-consensual or not," the pop artist began. "So there's a higher penalty for doctors who perform these operations than for most rapists? This is a travesty and I pray for all these women and young girls who suffer at the hands of this system."
Alabama officially passed the incredibly restrictive bill on Tuesday night, which was met with immediate outrage. The state's Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 to pass the bill (referred to as HB 314), where doctors would now face up to 99 years in prison if they perform an abortion. The ban's sole exceptions are for ectopic pregnancy, "to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother" and if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly."
Lady Gaga has been vocal about being a survivor of sexual assault in the past, which has inspired songs like 2015's "'Til It Happens to You," the Oscar-nominated song from the campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground. Earlier this year, Gaga announced plans to remove her R. Kelly duet -- ARTPOP's "Do What U Want (With My Body)" -- from iTunes and all streaming platforms after his alleged survivors spoke out on Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly documentary series.
View her message regarding the abortion ban in full below.