Fed up women of America speak out as Alabama looks to criminalize abortion

Image:  Astrid Riecken/Getty Images By Nicole Gallucci2019-05-15 17:11:50 UTC It's 2019, and rather than making every effort to fight for the equality, freedom, and basic human rights of Americans, several states are currently attempting to criminalize abortion.  Though anti-abortion bills have been introduced throughout the country for years, in states like Arkansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, and more, on Tuesday night Alabama lawmakers voted in favor of the nation's most restrictive abortion ban, one that would essentially prohibit all abortion procedures, only making an exception if a mother's life is in danger or if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly." If the bill is signed and passed by Republican governor Kay Ivey, it will mean that any doctor who performs an abortion in-state can be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison. The outrageous bill comes a month after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a "fetal heartbeat" law, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. However, a heartbeat can be heard in the womb as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women even realize they're pregnant. Earlier this month, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp also signed a similarly infuriating heartbeat bill to restrict abortion. As stricter abortion laws are being enforced across the country, and news of Alabama's possible law continues to spread, women are passionately speaking out against it online. Some are calling out the fact that bills like this could lead to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, the historic ruling that assured all women access to safe, legal abortions. Others have brought up the fact that Alabama's bill does not make an exception for pregnancies by rape or incest, which means that a woman raped at any age, even a 12-year-old girl, would be forced to carry to term regardless of the circumstances. And some are arguing that the Alabama law is a direct attack on "poor and marginalized women."  Among the many women both disgusted by the strict anti-abortion efforts and tired of having their bodies policed by men are politicians and activists like Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jameela Jamil, Busy Phillips, and more. This ban is dangerous and exceptionally cruel—and the bill’s authors want to use it to overturn Roe v. Wade. I've lived in that America and let me tell you: We are not going back—not now, not ever. We will fight this. And we will win. https://t.co/WNlr7Ys73q — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 15, 2019 This law would force children - 12 year olds - to carry a pregnancy by their rapist.This law would force people w/ mental disabilities to carry pregnancy by rape to term.This law forces people to be pregnant against their own consent. It’s horrifying. — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 15, 2019 just to say: wealthy women will still be able to afford access to a safe abortion, in secret, regardless of a ban. This happens all the time, around the world. Yes the law in Alabama is an attack on women - but more specifically, it’s an attack on poor and marginalised women. — Rossalyn Warren (@RossalynWarren) May 15, 2019 Y’all need to stop saying Alabama or Georgia lawmakers are hicks or hillbillies etc. What they are is systematically dismantling women’s rights one state at a time to eventually overturn Roe v Wade and before long it will be your state legislators. — roxane gay (@rgay) May 15, 2019 Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio & now Alabama - these anti-abortion bills aren't a coincidence, it's a concerted effort by the GOP to overturn Roe v. Wade.I'm sick and tired of this outright assault on women's bodily autonomy - we will fight this with everything we've got. — Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) May 15, 2019 Alabama just passed a near-total ban on abortion.No exceptions for rape or incest.Doctors could face 99 years in prison for providing abortions.This is a war on women, and it is time to fight like hell. https://t.co/lhwlbyeQsl — Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) May 15, 2019 We're facing an all-out assault on women’s constitutional rights, explicitly aimed at overturning Roe v. Wade. We need to loudly proclaim that reproductive rights are nonnegotiable, and join together to defend them at every level—in Washington, in the courts, and in the states. — Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) May 15, 2019 How come the same lawmakers who say gun laws won't stop gun violence believe abortion laws will stop abortion? https://t.co/7E6u31VRCO — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 15, 2019 Don’t move forward after reading this like everything is normal. Don’t shake your head at Alabama and then keep going about your day. Realize that this is a warning. It’s Alabama and abortion today. It’s you and your rights tomorrow. Your silence will not save you. So speak up. https://t.co/kIz78uAU1T — Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 15, 2019 There is no punishment in this bill for the man

Fed up women of America speak out as Alabama looks to criminalize abortion
Image:  Astrid Riecken/Getty Images

It's 2019, and rather than making every effort to fight for the equality, freedom, and basic human rights of Americans, several states are currently attempting to criminalize abortion. 

Though anti-abortion bills have been introduced throughout the country for years, in states like Arkansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, and more, on Tuesday night Alabama lawmakers voted in favor of the nation's most restrictive abortion ban, one that would essentially prohibit all abortion procedures, only making an exception if a mother's life is in danger or if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly."

If the bill is signed and passed by Republican governor Kay Ivey, it will mean that any doctor who performs an abortion in-state can be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison.

The outrageous bill comes a month after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a "fetal heartbeat" law, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. However, a heartbeat can be heard in the womb as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women even realize they're pregnant. Earlier this month, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp also signed a similarly infuriating heartbeat bill to restrict abortion.

As stricter abortion laws are being enforced across the country, and news of Alabama's possible law continues to spread, women are passionately speaking out against it online. Some are calling out the fact that bills like this could lead to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, the historic ruling that assured all women access to safe, legal abortions. Others have brought up the fact that Alabama's bill does not make an exception for pregnancies by rape or incest, which means that a woman raped at any age, even a 12-year-old girl, would be forced to carry to term regardless of the circumstances. And some are arguing that the Alabama law is a direct attack on "poor and marginalized women." 

Among the many women both disgusted by the strict anti-abortion efforts and tired of having their bodies policed by men are politicians and activists like Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jameela Jamil, Busy Phillips, and more.

Jamil, who called Georgia's recent abortion law "so upsetting, inhumane, and blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women, a disregard for our rights, bodies, and mental health," also shared her own personal abortion experience.

"I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made," she explained. "Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially..."

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