Billie Eilish put on a high-energy performance at the Austin City Limits Festival on Saturday night, during which she made a resounding political statement.
The singer, 19, used the big stage to lend her support to women’s right to choose by lashing out at the Texas abortion law – legislation that prohibits abortions in the state as early as six weeks, before some women know they are pregnant.
The words ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ flashed on the screen behind her as the pop star, born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell, took a moment to address the crowd, saying: ‘I’m sick and tired of old men. Shut the f*** up about our bodies.’
She went on to reveal that she debated cancelling the appearance due to the legislation but stuck to the commitment for her fans in the area, as she insisted they ‘are the f**king victims’ of the shocking legal change.
Taking stance: Billie Eilish, 19, took time out from her show at the Austin City Limits Festival to slam the new Texas abortion ban that was signed into law by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott
The law also allows citizens to sue providers or anyone helping get an abortion.
She professed: ‘When they made that s*** a law, I almost didn’t want to do the show, because I wanted to punish this f*****g place for allowing that to happen here…
‘But then, I remembered that it’s you guys that are the f*****g victims, and you deserve everything in the world. We need to tell them to shut the f*** up.’
She then raised her middle finger up and shouted: ‘My body, my f*****g choice!’
‘My body, my choice’: The California native delivered her hits and then, in between songs, she lent her support of a woman’s right to choose, as ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ flashed on a screen
Continuing her political tangent, Billie also called out climate change deniers, saying, ‘If you don’t think global warming exists, you’re a f*****g loser.’
The songstress is just one of many musical artists who had harsh and searing words about the Texas abortion law, which was signed into law by Republican Governor Greg Abbott in May, according to the publication, Austin360.
The legislation prohibits abortions in Texas as early as six weeks — before some women know they are pregnant — while it opens the door for almost any private citizen to sue abortion providers and others, as reported by The Texas Tribune.
Almost canceled: The pop star revealed she almost pulled out of the Austin City Limits Festival show out of protest of the Texas abortion ban, adding, ‘But then, I remembered that it’s you guys that are the f*****g victims, and you deserve everything in the world’
Gov. Abbott said in a signing ceremony: ‘Our creator endowed us with the right to life and yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion’.
He added that the Legislature ‘worked together on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill’… that ensures that the life of every unborn child who has a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion.’
Just this past weekend, a slew of rallies and marches were held across the US in support of abortion rights for women, including in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
Rallying cry: This past weekend, a slew of rallies and marches were held across the US in support of abortion rights for women, including in cities like Washington, D.C. (pictured)
Pregnant Oscar-winner Lawrence, 31, stood at Schumer’s side while holding onto a handwritten poster with a pro-choice slogan in an Instagram post from the comedian, 40.
The Trainwreck star, who underwent a hysterectomy earlier this year, captioned the post saying: ‘I don’t have a uterus and she is pregnant but we out here @womensmarch @plannedparenthood #rallyforabortionjustice.’
Showing their support: Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence attended the Rally for Abortion Justice event in New York City on Saturday