During her performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival over the weekend, Billie Eilish criticized Texas abortion regulations.
The 19-year-old singer slammed the state’s abortion legislation, which prohibits abortions when foetal heart activity is found long before many women are aware they are pregnant.
“When they made that stuff a law, I nearly didn’t want to do the show because I wanted to punish this fucking town for allowing that to happen here,” Eilish revealed during the show.
“But then I remembered that it’s you guys that are the fuckin’ victims, and you deserve everything in the world,” she continued. “And we need to tell them to shut the fuck up.”
She then raised her middle finger, encouraging the crowd to do so too, while proclaiming “my body, my fucking choice!”.
The legislation prohibits abortion providers from performing a termination if they can detect foetal heart tones until six weeks, long before many women even know that they are pregnant. The law, which came into effect on September 1, 2021, allows exceptions for medical emergencies only.
The law also means that citizens have the right to sue abortion providers and anyone who ‘aids and abets’ a woman to get an abortion, including an Uber driver who drives them to the clinic or a friend/family member who gives them financial aid to undergo the procedure.
Last month, the “Happier Than Ever” singer wrote on Instagram Stories that she really wished that men “cared more” about reproductive rights.
“Makes me sick how many men say nothing when it comes to women’s rights,” she wrote in addition to reposting an image reading: “If you and your ‘homies’ or bros’ aren’t talking about the abortion laws in Texas, chances are you’re part of a problem.”
The implementation of the abortion law prohibits providers from performing an abortion if they can detect foetal heart tones, something the ban describes as “cardiac activity or the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the foetal heart within the gestational sac”.