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Avengers’ Mark Ruffalo calls for ‘civil disobedience’ in response to Texas abortion law

Mark has reacted to the so-called Heartbeat Act (Picture: Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)

Avengers star Mark Ruffalo has hit out at a ruling in Texas that bans abortion at six weeks, calling for ‘mass civil disobedience’.

He’s the latest in a string of celebrities who have reacted to the so-called Heartbeat Act, which bans terminations of pregnancy after the detection of what anti-abortion campaigners call a ‘foetal heartbeat.’

Republican governor Greg Abbott signed it in May, with the legislation preventing abortions before most people even know they are pregnant.

As the law came into effect on Wednesday, after which rights groups asked for an emergency appeal to prevent its enforcement, stars including Lizzo, Bella Hadid and Reese Witherspoon shared their anger and support for those in Texas.

Now Hulk star Mark has tweeted about the development, insisting people should make the bill ‘impossible to enforce’.

He tweeted on Thursday: ‘This should be how every women’s rights and abortion rights groups, organizations, and individuals should all react to this bill, making it impossible to enforce.

‘Mass civil disobedience is in order. #TexasAbortionLaw.’

He was responding to a tweet by non-profit Raices which read: ‘The ban on abortion in Texas is an abomination.

‘We want to send a very clear message: RAICES will not obey this archaic and sexist law.

‘We’ve funded & supported access to abortions for immigrants in Texas for years and will continue to do so.

‘Some laws are meant to be broken.’

Many were sharing their outrage following the bill, which was passed in a late-night vote, as a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against granting the injunction.

In an Instagram live, Lizzo shared her views on bodily autonomy and the separation of religion and politics.

The Juice hitmaker, 33, who described the ruling as ‘unconstitutional,’ said: ‘You have the right to do what you want to do, but the people who are making laws need to stay the f**k out of people’s bodies business.’

The 3x Grammy Award winner went on to stress that the government should be focusing on the pandemic: ‘Let’s focus on the fact that there are nurses working constantly, who don’t get breaks, who don’t get to eat.

‘I’m just a singer, bro, and my team has been periodically sending lunches to hospitals all over the country since this pandemic began because the infrastructure doesn’t support the people who are actually keeping people alive.’

Elsewhere, Reese Witherspoon took to Twitter to say: ‘I stand with the women of Texas who have the Constitutional right to make decisions about their health and their own bodies. #BansOffOurBodies’


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