'Avengers' star Chris Evans hailed as he condemns Alabama's abortion ban

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Chris Evans arrives at the premiere of Avengers: Endgame (Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

While some prominent stars stay silent on political matters to avoid alienating fans, Chris Evans is standing up for what he believes.

The Captain America star has condemned the recent passing of new legislation in the state of Alabama which bans abortion in almost all circumstances.

That includes in the cases of rape or incest, though it will still be allowed if the procedure is needed to save the life of the mother.

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It goes further than the recent so-called 'heartbeat bill' in the state of Georgia, which will ban terminations past six weeks of pregnancy, before many women would realise they are pregnant.

Having an abortion in Alabama will be a felony, and a doctor performing an abortion could be punished with a maximum of 99 years in prison.

Taking to Twitter, Evans appealed to fans to use their voting power.

“This is absolutely unbelievable. If you’re not worried about roe v wade, you’re not paying attention. This is why voting matters!!” he wrote.

Roe v Wade was the landmark decision by the Supreme Court in the US in 1973, protecting women's reproductive rights.

Evans received hundreds of replies commending his stance.

He joins a host of others in Hollywood who are horrified by the precedent set by Alabama and Georgia.

Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich also posted her account of a harrowing experience with a termination, and condemned the action taken in Alabama and Georgia.

“I cannot remain silent when so much is at stake,” she said.

Last week, several production companies, including The Wire creator David Simon's Blown Deadline, announced that they would no longer consider shooting projects in Georgia.

Shows such as The Walking Dead and Stranger Things have filmed in Georgia, because the state offers substantial tax breaks.

Marvel has also filmed many of its movies at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta.

The studio, which is owned by Disney, is yet to comment on whether it will still make its movies in Georgia, but it's next two projects are both filming in the UK.

Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, will begin filming at Pinewood in Buckinghamshire this summer, while The Eternals will roll cameras in London in September.