What 25 Alabama legislators and governor have passed is nothing less than an abomination of human rights.
Imagine a flow-chart for how to handle your misery as a woman in Alabama: Is this fetus a product of incest or rape? We don’t care. Never mind your trauma. You’re simply a vessel. Will a serious investigation be initiated on your behalf to find out who raped you? Will there be any repercussions for the family member who forced you into sex?
Here’s the kicker: If you try to terminate the pregnancy, or leave the state to that end, you may wind up serving a lifetime prison. Yes, it’s now a felony to make decisions about your own womb.
I wonder how can men make a decision for a woman’s body when they don’t have to go through pregnancy and childbirth themselves? These lawmakers don’t even understand the complex relationship a woman, particularly an adolescent woman, has with their bodies.
Even Florida’s recent Fetal Heartbeat Bill, at a 6-week cutoff, is too restrictive – 5 weeks is when a woman would even realize she might be pregnant and when most tests would pick up on the trace hormone. That leaves her with a whopping 7 days to make the incredibly difficult decision, find a clinic, make an appointment, be counseled, and have the procedure.
All this is assuming this woman has regular menstrual cycles or keeps track of them. Two unrealistic expectations of a teenage girl. So if you can’t trust a teenage girl to keep track of her periods, how can you trust them to be a mother? The common counterargument: give the child up for adoption. Okay, I’m sure the average couple can just pull 60 – 80 grand out of their asses to pay the adoption agency.
Also worth mentioning is the dire scarcity of safe clinics in many areas. I’ve heard that Mississippi has ONE clinic left in the entire state.
I’ll venture to say this is an ill-disguised offshoot of rape culture in America, where you have men blaming the victim and not the perpetrator. Women find themselves being blamed because they were “out too late” or wore a miniskirt. But the men who commit these crimes are not not held to the insane Puritanical standards of New England colonialists. No, they’re barely held to standards for being humane. And yet, criminalizing these women is the “humane,” option, but for who –
A newt growing inside of you? I don’t mean to be insensitive, but anatomically and physiologically speaking, it’s fairly accurate. A heartbeat determines personhood? By that criteria, all the animals we grow to eat also have heartbeats, including fish. It seems to me that the only people who have any moral ground on which to stand on this issue would be vegans. Certainly not these beef-eating men from Alabama.
Their agenda is simple: appeal until the bill reaches the Supreme Court. That’s where the Justices, including Trump’s pick, frat-boy Kavanaugh await. If you can seriously look me in the eye and tell me that guy never knocked up a girl in college, then benefited from her terminating it, you’re lying to yourself. But this is the land of hypocrites, and Kavanaugh would surely use this to upset the judicial precedent of Roe v Wade. Meanwhile, women are reduced to pawns in their political game of thrones.
The Roe V. Wade decision was made almost 50 years ago. That’s exactly how much this will devolve us. Only 20 percent of Americans think Roe v. Wade should be overturned, so where does this really leave us in terms of a representative democracy?
How are these legislators serving their people? In Alabama, you’re disqualified from Medicaid if you earn a mere $312 a month for a family of 3. $312 barely covers a couple co-pays and prescriptions WITH insurance. But that’s another sad topic for another day.
Another thing: Alabama has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy. How do you think those young mothers fare, how will their babies’ lives fare?
Lindy West recently went on The Daily Show to share her thoughts:
“Anti-choice people are not trying to stop abortion, they are trying to legislate who can and can’t have abortions. Because, conservative politician – their wives and mistresses and daughters will always be able to get an abortion somewhere.”
A note about this: The same way Trump supporters seem to dump reason and facts down the drain, I’m going to go ahead and say I have enough life experience and anecdotal knowledge where I’m POSITIVE this happens all the time. The only thing in question here is how these Republicans reconcile their blatant hypocrisies.
“All anti-choice rhetoric does is keep people trapped in poverty for generations. that’s the goal, and if it wasn’t the goal they would spend their time and money on comprehensive sex education [something Alabama does not require in the K-12 curriculum], free birth control, and free contraception.”
Think of the social economic ramifications of this: generational poverty and all its ugly cousins. But no one seems to care when these same kids go through foster care, or when they become victims of human trafficking. No one cares when ill-equipped single mothers turn to addictions to cope or crimes to stay afloat. Even the “lucky” kids go through a public education system that is gasping for air when their dwindling funds go to charter schools. Yet again, the ones who propose and pass these bills are Republicans riding the “charter” wave with direct financial kickbacks, Betsy DeVos being the standard-bearer for everything wrong in the educational hierarchy. But remember, it’s all “about the children.”
These legislators even have the gall to liken an abortion to Stalin’s gulags, slavery, and the Holocaust. I must’ve missed that lesson in history – did all these people consciously elect genocide?
Oh right – Kanye tells us that slavery was a “choice.” And since he’s another MAGA-hat wearing megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur, we should definitely put stock in what he says.
So, to borrow from Childish Gambino, #thisisamerica.