The singer revealed she almost canceled her performance at the festival in protest of the restrictive abortion law.
Billie Eilish delivered a stirring speech slamming the Texas anti-abortion law telling "old men" to stop trying to control women’s reproductive rights. Eilish was performing at a concert in Texas when she stopped mid-concert to call out the state's restrictive abortion bill that became law last month. During the 19-year-old's performance, she held up her middle finger and shouted, "My body, my f*****g choice!"
The seven-time Grammy winner was performing at the 2021 Austin City Limits Festival on Saturday when she revealed that she had almost skipped the festival in protest of the restrictive abortion law but added that it wouldn't be fair to punish the people of Texas for what their lawmakers did, reported Yahoo News. “When they made that sh*t a law, I almost didn’t want to do the show, because I wanted to punish this fucking place for allowing that to happen here,” said Eilish. “But then I remembered that it’s you guys that are the f*cking victims, and you deserve everything in the world. We need to tell them to shut the f*ck up!”
Billie Eilish speaks out against Texas’s new abortion law during her set at Austin City Limits:— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) October 3, 2021
“When they made that shit a law, I almost didn't want to do the show, because I wanted to punish this fucking place for allowing that to happen here… My body, my fucking choice!” pic.twitter.com/U84pNYtN7G
The screen behind her read "Bans Off Our Bodies" as she addressed the issue on stage. "I'm sick and tired of old men. Shut the f*** up about our bodies," she shouted to loud cheers from the crowd. It's not the first time the singer has slammed the Texas law, vocal about the issue on Instagram. “I’m so f*****g tired. Makes me sick how many men say nothing when it comes to women’s rights,” she wrote on Instagram stories. Eilish also reportedly slammed climate change deniers stated The Hollywood Reporter. "If you don’t think global warming exists, you’re a f*****g loser," said Eilish.
The singer also showed her support for abortion rights as part of Planned Parenthood’s #BansOffMyBody campaign in 2019, reported The Huffington Post. “We cannot live freely and move fully in the world when our basic right to access the reproductive health care we need is under attack,” she wrote in an open letter released as part of the campaign. Some of the other celebrities who backed the campaign included Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and Lizzo. “Every person deserves the right to control their body, their life, and their future,” she added. Lizzo, who grew up in Texas, also came down heavily on the abortion law, reported The Independent. “You have the right to do what you want to do, but the people who are making laws need to stay the f*** out of people’s bodies’ business.”
Many Republicans claimed the 'heartbeat bill' provides enough time for women to abort their baby before six weeks but Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pointed out how wrong they were during a congressional hearing about Texas' controversial abortion ban. As we reported, Ocasio-Cortez fact-checked a witness who claimed that the bill doesn't force survivors of rape into carrying a pregnancy to term. "I need to correct and address an assertion that was made not too long ago, this idea, this myth that, first of all, that this law S.B. 8 provides ample time for a victim of abuse to seek abortion care. Because once again we're in a room of legislators who are attempting to legislate reproductive systems that they know nothing about," said Ocasio-Cortez. "Six weeks pregnant—and it's shameful that this education needs to happen because this conversation shouldn't even be held in a legislative body—six weeks pregnant is two weeks late for one's period."
TW: rape & sexual assault— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) September 30, 2021
The same kind of abuse culture & misogynistic culture that allows for abusers to cause harm inside their homes is the same abuse that informs Texas’ anti-abortion law. It’s the same abuse we see that has persisted for centuries. And it’s time to end it. pic.twitter.com/RwQ6IEz4tX
The Texas law enables a vigilante system that incentivizes people to report those accessing abortions or those helping them get abortions, with them standing to win up to $10,000 for each successful lawsuit. After the Supreme Court refused to block the law, the Justice Department sued the state of Texas. "The act is clearly unconstitutional under long-standing Supreme Court precedent," said Attorney General Merrick Garland, reported NPR. "Those precedents hold, in the words of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, that 'regardless of whether exceptions are made for particular circumstances, a state may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.'" The 'pro-life' movement led by conservatives is also looking to challenge Roe v. Wade judgment. "The Supreme Court's ruling overnight is an unprecedented assault on a woman's constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade, which has been the law of the land for almost fifty years," said President Joe Biden on the Texas law.