During the 2021 Women’s March, a slew of well-known women used their platforms and voices to advocate for reproductive rights.
On Saturday, October 2, women, nonbinary persons, and men from all over the United States marched in support of abortion rights as part of the Women’s March. There were nearly 600 sister marches across the country, including in New York and Los Angeles, in addition to the primary march in Washington, D.C. Many female celebrities utilized their platforms to support the women’s march and reproductive healthcare access.
The Los Angeles Women’s March was streamed live, with many guest speakers emphasizing the need of continuing the battle for reproductive rights, particularly in light of Texas’ new abortion law, which makes abortion beyond six weeks illegal. Perhaps more alarming than the Texas law itself was the fact that it was approved by the Supreme Court on a 5-4 vote.
Many of those demonstrating at the March expressed their displeasure with not only Texas politicians, but also the Supreme Court of the United States. Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence, both comedians, posed for a selfie with signs in their hands. “Abortion is essential,” Amy wrote on her sign. “Women can’t be free if they don’t control their bodies,” Jennifer wrote on her sign. With a simple Instagram caption, the comic made a joke on how vital it was to stand up for women’s rights. She wrote, “I don’t have a uterus and she’s pregnant, but we’re out here.”
Raven Symoné, for example, compared the fight for abortion access to the fight for LGBTQ rights. “I believe that participating in a march like today is really vital because, in numbers, we can make a difference. And, you know, gay marriage wasn’t accepted until everyone banded together and made a stink about it, and then things changed, and now I’m free to marry. So, I feel that this type of action can work, and that’s why I’m here,” she said exclusively to HollywoodLife.
Alyssa Milano, for example, spoke out against Republican men attempting to control what a woman can do with her own body. “As a woman, I’m exhausted. “I’m so tired of having to prove that my body belongs to me,” she remarked.
“I’m sick of Greg Abbott, Brian Kemp, Ron DeSantis, and the f**king Brett Kavanaugh saying anything about a woman’s uterus. Brett Kavanaugh has no authority to interfere with my reproductive freedom.” She chastised the Supreme Court for approving the law. “To Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Amy Coney Barrett, and the rest of the Supreme Court, we say: My body, my choice.” “Make no mistake,” she stated emphatically.
More celebrities voiced their displeasure with the current legislature and urged the crowd to keep fighting! By protesting, Maria Shriver informed the crowd that they were on the “right side of history.” Rachel Lindsay stated, “What’s happening on in Texas is simply horrible, which is why I’m here to fight, march, and champion for reproductive rights.”
“I come from a line of women who were enslaved and had no rights. My DNA tells me what it is, and my body’s blood memory confirms it. Debbie Allen stated, “We are not going back to slavery.”
Celebrities weren’t the only ones who came out to support women’s rights; campaigners like Paxton Smith and Planned Parenthood CEO Ken Lambrecht also spoke out. “We cannot, and will not, return to a time when the only method to abort an unwanted pregnancy was to put our lives on the line,” Paxton stated. Ken pledged, “We will keep fighting the courts until we win.”