Leslie Jones denounces Alabama's anti-choice law on "Saturday Night Live"

Leslie Jones tore into Alabama's anti-abortion law during the season finale of "Saturday Night Live"

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published May 19, 2019 2:00PM (EDT)

Leslie Jones   (<a href='https://www.shutterstock.com/g/HelgaEsteb'>Helga Esteb</a> via <a href='http://www.shutterstock.com/'>Shutterstock</a>)
Leslie Jones (Helga Esteb via Shutterstock)

Leslie Jones appeared on the "Weekend Update" segment of the "Saturday Night Live" season finale to denounce Alabama's new anti-abortion law.

After initially wearing an outfit from the misogynist dystopian TV series "The Handmaid's Tale," Jones sported a shirt with the word "Mine" and an arrow pointing to her genitals. She then explained to Colin Jost why American women should be alarmed, even though he had said that we hadn't reached the horrors depicted in the award-winning Hulu series.

"This is how it starts. I'm out living my life when I see on the news a bunch of states are trying to ban abortion, and then tell me what I can and can't do with my body. The next thing you know I'm in Starbucks and they won't take my credit card because I'm a woman instead of the regular reason which is, I don't have no money on it," Jones explained.

Jones then asked Jost to show a picture of the 25 Alabama state legislators who passed the anti-abortion bill, commenting that "this looks like the casting call for a Lipitor commercial." After the audience laughed, she added that "this looks like the mug shots of everyone arrested at a massage parlor. And if any of them had lips, I would tell them to kiss my entire ass."

After declaring that opponents of abortion can't control women, she referred to herself as "Leslie Dracarys Jones" and asked, "Why do all of these weird ass men care about what women choose to do with their bodies anyway? I don't care what you do with your 65-year-old droopy ass balls!"

Jones also expressed dismay at Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey for supporting the anti-abortion law and stated that "when women have a choice, women have freedom." After the audience cheered for her statement Jost chimed in, "You tell 'em Leslie." Jones shot Jost a dirty look and replied, "Shut up, you flat white privileged latte."

Then Jones became more serious, telling the audience that "look, the fact that nine states are doing this means this really is a war on women. And if you're a woman out there and you feel scared or confused, just know that you're not alone. There are so many women out there that got your back, especially me: Leslie Dracarys Bad Bitch Jones. You can't tell me what to do with my body. You can't make me small or put me in a box."

She added, "I'm 6 feet tall and 233 pounds. Ain't no box big enough to hold me. And I know because one time I tried to mail myself to a dude."

The Alabama Senate approved a measure last week that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state. The Human Life Protection Act would prohibit abortions at every stage of pregnancy, charge doctors who perform abortions in most circumstances with a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison and require doctors who even attempt to perform an abortion with a 10-year prison sentence. The bill outlaws abortions even in cases of rape or incest, although it would not do so when the pregnant woman's life is at serious risk.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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