On the 15th May 2019, the America state of Alabama took a controversial step in history by signing a bill that prevents almost all forms of abortion.

The bill bans abortion at every single stage of pregnancy, which if violated can land the practitioner and patient in a jail cell for up to 99 years. A move that some citizens see as a step backwards in an otherwise widely progressive era.

Protests by civil rights groups are expected to try and overturn the legislation, and notable celebrities have now begun to publicly express their views, including Bring Me The Horizon Singer, Oliver Sykes.

Oli first retweeted a message posted by American Author and TV Host Padma Parvati Lakshmi where she stated:

I know there are a lot of men out there who have partners who've had abortions. It's time for you to speak up and be allies. Women don't get pregnant alone.

Oli then goes on to express his own views on the shocking decision made by the state of Alabama.

“Alabama has 2nd highest gun death rate in America & abortions are what a bunch of crusty old white men are sweating about. idk what I can do as an artist apart from say fuck ever playing there if they pass that bill.. maybe some artists that would matter will do the same” (See original tweet here)

He continues with: “Like I saw someone else point out, if you believe what they are trying to do is fundamentally wrong, and your not saying anything, you are part of the problem. This isn’t political this is basic human rights..”

"I’m open to suggestions. But we can make a difference - look at something like artists for Palestine. As artists we have the amazing power to make ppl listen and think. I believe what they are doing is criminal so I want to say/do something"

Sykes has seen his fair share of controversy over the years, as well as continually being told what he should and should not be doing with his band. No doubt the introduction of a bill by a dozen senior white men telling women what they can and cannot do with their body, has struck a chord with him.

Author Bio: AC Speed

Senior Editor

I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!


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