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The passing of House Bill 314 in Alabama that criminalizes abortions is polarizing the nation, but American film director Ava DuVernay is encouraging people to take action.

The unconstitutional bill sponsored by State Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur) applies to pregnant women regardless of age and towards rape and incest victims.

HB 314 is also one of many nationwide measures aimed at reversing Roe v. Wade – 1973's U.S. Supreme Court decision that protected a woman's right to choose.

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In the 1970, actress Cicely Tyson earned acclaim for her role in Roots as well as a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her work in Sounder, a film about sharecroppers in the Depression-era south. Since then, she's become well known for tireless activism, which gained the attention of director Ava DuVernay when she was choosing who would grace the cover of her guest-edited issue of TIME Magazine.

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