Pregnant women could ‘end up on death row’ in Alabama, says the always level-headed Bette Midler

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Actress and singer Bette Midler had a bit of a meltdown on Twitter on Monday. She claimed that pregnant women could “end up on death row” by merely traveling through Alabama, one of a handful of states to recently pass new restrictions on abortions.

“FEMALES!! Whatever you do #AvoidAlabama LIKE THE PLAGUE!” Midler tweeted to her 1.64 million followers. “It’s 2019, but it’s the 1500s in Ala. You may be pregnant, which you might not know, something may happen, and you could end up on death row just for passing thru this moth-eaten state!”

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed new abortion restrictions into law in May. The law makes virtually all cases of abortion illegal, but consequences are mainly stacked against doctors who choose to perform abortions since performing the act is now recognized as a felony in the state.

The law is controversial in that it does not include exceptions for rape or abortions, but lawmakers have been clear that this is a way to recognize personhood in the womb, which is a challenge to Roe v. Wade — the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

“The reasoning is the same reasoning, Roe v. Wade was decided that the baby in the womb was not a person,” Terri Collins, a co-sponsor on the original bill, said. “So this bill bases its reasoning that the baby in the womb is a person. And we based it on the fact that in Alabama law, we currently consider the baby in the womb a person.”

She continued, “The biggest thing to attack it with is to say, ‘What, you’re not going to include rape and incest?’ Well, how do we say, ‘The baby inside is a person unless they’re conceived in rape or incest?'”

No matter where one stands on the Alabama law, Midler is still spreading misinformation. Pregnant women will not be jailed by simply passing through Alabama and the law really only provides consequences to doctors who challenge the law.

Midler is an old hat at spreading fake news though. One example of her spreading fake news through social media was when she recently attacked Trump by posting an obviously fake quote by the man to her social media followers. The quote was debunked years before and though Midler ended up apologizing, she basically blamed the president for putting her in the sort of state of mind where she would believe such nonsense.

Midler is also not the first celebrity to spread false information about new anti-abortion laws in the United States. Musician and actress Cher recently took to her Twitter account to claim that Georgia was going to start imprisoning women who experience miscarriages.

Georgia’s new Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act does no such thing. It prohibits abortions once a heartbeat can be detected inside of the mother, which is usually around six weeks. There are exceptions for rape and incest. Women who have miscarriages or even abortions are not to be imprisoned as Cher suggests.


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