May 16, 2019 / 4:41 PM / 6 days ago

Factbox: Alabama abortion ban triggers Twitter reaction storm

(Reuters) - Celebrities, activists and politicians swarmed social media to air their opinions on a new law, signed on Wednesday, that almost totally bans abortion in Alabama.

FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Flag and Alabama State Flag fly over the Alabama Governor's Mansion as the state Senate votes on the strictest anti-abortion bill in the United States at the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

Singer Lady Gaga led the chorus of outraged voices with many women tweeting under the hashtag #YouKnowMe to declare they had abortions and were unashamed.

Abortion opponents celebrated the measure as a way to stop the murder of unborn babies.

Here is a sampling of Twitter posts and hashtags:  

Lady Gaga (@ladygaga), 78.6 million followers: 

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC), 4.17 million followers:

Actress-activist Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano), 3.57 million followers: 

Former Planned Parenthood leader Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards), 191,000 followers: 

Actress Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps), 369,000 followers: 

Political analyst Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell), 17,300 followers: 

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono), 393,000 followers: 

From the anti-abortion side:

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey), 35,200 followers: 

Journalist Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog), 225,000 followers: 

Journalist Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro), 2.14 million followers: 

Reporting by Daniel Trotta, Sonia Elks, and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Dina Kyriakidou Contini and Bill Trott

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