On a night that mostly strayed from politics, Michelle Williams used her speech at the Los Angeles Golden Globes to advocate against restrictive abortion laws.

The actress, who won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for her role as Gwen Vernon on FX DIS,
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The miniseries “Fosse / Verdon” told the crowd on Sunday night that they were “grateful to have lived at a time in our society where there is choice, because as women and as girls, things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice. “

Williams urged women to vote for less restrictive abortion laws. “Choosing when to have my children and with whom, when I felt supported and able to balance our lives, knowing like all mothers that the scales must and will tip in our children’s favor,” said Williams. “We live in a country founded on the principle that I am free to live according to my faith, and you are free to live according to yours.”


“We live in a country founded on the principle that I am free to live according to my faith, and you are free to live according to yours. ”


– —Michelle Williams

“So women between the ages of 18 and 118, when it’s time to vote, please do it for your own benefit,” she added. “This is what men have been doing for years, which is why the world is so like them, but remember we are the biggest voting body in this country. Let’s make him look more like us.

Democratic presidential candidates all support a woman’s right to choose. Meanwhile, in May 2019, President Trump tweeted TWTR,
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“I am strongly pro-life, with three exceptions – rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother – the same position taken by Ronald Reagan.”

The president tweeted after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, enacted the country’s most restrictive abortion law, a measure that made no exceptions for rape or incest . In October 2019, a federal judge temporarily blocked this law. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has said her intention is to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump also criticized bills in Virginia and New York that would allow women to terminate an unsustainable pregnancy after 24 weeks.

About three in four women who obtained an abortion in 2014 were poor or low-income, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health think tank that supports abortion rights. More than half of abortion patients are also women of color, with black women accounting for 28% of abortion procedures in 2014 and Hispanic women 25%.

Abortion law varies from state to state. Some states require abortion seekers to wait a minimum period of time between in-person counseling and their procedure, a step that supporters say is necessary to ensure women are 100% sure they want to continue with a procedure. Adversaries indicate research this suggests that the wait may lead to riskier abortions in the second trimester.


“I am strongly pro-life, with three exceptions: rape, incest and protecting mother’s life.”


– —President Trump tweeting in May 2019

Some states have also imposed regulations about clinics and people who perform abortions, including specifications dictating the size of an abortion procedure room or distance from a facility to a hospital, and requirements for a provider’s certifications abortion or hospital affiliations. Critics of these regulations argue that they go beyond measures necessary for patient safety.

Women who refused to have an abortion face financial hardship, said a American Journal of Public Health 2018 Study which received funding from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which support the right to abortion. The researchers say the donors had “no role in the design and conduct of the study.”

The National Right to Life anti-abortion group recognizes that financial considerations are a factor for women seeking abortions, but says that is not a reason for an interruption. “A lot of people, even couples who have been married for years, find the prospect of raising and caring for a child intimidating,” he says. “Yet the baby is coming and the bills are paid somehow.”


Some states require that abortion seekers wait a minimum period of time between in-person counseling and their procedure.

Republican lawmakers say they oppose “taxpayer-funded abortion,” and anti-abortion groups say unborn children have the right to life, believe life begins at fertilization and s ‘oppose abortion for moral and religious reasons. Some opponents of abortion believe that abortion is bad in all circumstances, while others believe that it may be acceptable in cases of rape, incest or in cases where a woman’s life is at risk. danger.

Focus on the Family, a Colorado-based Christian ministry, says life begins at conception. “We believe that human life is of inestimable value and importance in all its dimensions, including the pre-born, the elderly, the widowed, the mentally and physically disabled, the unattractive and all other conditions in which humanity expresses itself from the sole. cell stage to natural death, ”says the organization.

Last June, the US Department of Health and Human Services said scientists at the National Institutes of Health would no longer be allowed to conduct research on human fetal tissue. Ongoing fetal tissue external projects receiving NIH funding would continue, he said, but new grant applications or renewals would now be subject to review by an ethics advisory board.

(Meera Jagannathan contributed to this story.)

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