Nancy Lee Grahn shows her stance on abortion with a fashion statement at the Daytime Emmy Awards
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Nancy Lee Grahn clearly expresses its position on reproductive rights.
The general hospital the star, 66, sported several pro-choice statement pieces as she walked the red carpet on Friday at the 49th Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, following the The 1973 Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.
She donned a chic black pantsuit, which she accessorized with earrings that said “CHOICE” and a jeweled clutch emblazoned with the words “BANS OFF OUR BODIES.” Moreover, she wrote “REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM” on her chest and wore rubber bracelets for several reasons.
Grahn told PEOPLE on the red carpet that she “knew the spotlight would be on me” as she chose to make a statement with her ensemble.
“Our audience is overwhelmingly female. They are our primary and valued audience and I have tremendous respect for women,” Grahn said. “Today their dignity has been taken away from them because the six extremists on the Supreme Court issued a death warrant to the women. So I can’t get over it being all smiles here.”
The Emmy Award winner also acknowledged that some of her fans would disagree with her stance. “There is a fraction of this public that is very angry with me, and that’s the risk I’m willing to take. I feel like my voice as a citizen outweighs my voice. to be an actor,” Grahn said.
She was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at Friday’s Daytime Emmy Awards for her performance as Alexis Davis in general hospitalon which she has starred since 1996. The award went to her co-star Kelly Thiebaud.
Friday Decision 6 against 3 overturned nearly 50 years of precedent, giving states the power to pass their own abortion laws. Since the decision, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri and South Dakota have already prohibits abortion in their statesafter set up “trigger bans” which the governors adopted after the SCOTUS judgment.
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Protests have since broken out throughout the country, and the President Joe Biden spoke out against the ruling, which he called “the realization of extreme ideology and a tragic error by the Supreme Court.”