Billie Eilish Almost Canceled Texas Show After Abortion Ban

By Mia Mercado
OCT. 4, 2021

Saturday night, Billie Eilish performed at the Austin City Limits festival to a sold-out crowd. However, Eilish revealed onstage that she almost pulled out of the music fest after Texas passed its hyperrestrictive abortion law back in May, which took effect September 1. The law effectively prohibits all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which is before many people know they are even pregnant, and has no exceptions in cases of rape or incest.

“When they made that shit a law, I almost didn’t want to do the show, because I wanted to punish this fucking place for allowing that to happen here,” she said, adding that she ended up choosing to perform since she didn’t want to punish the audience, who she said were the “victims” of the law. Onstage, Eilish was surrounded by screens that read, “BANS OFF OUR BODIES.” She concluded her statement by yelling, “My body, my fucking choice!” and encouraging the audience to join her in giving a cathartic middle finger.