Today, Alabama’s Republican-controlled senate passed a bill to ban abortion completely, with no exception for rape and incest.
The legislation passed by a vote of 25-6. All 25 votes to implement the ban were cast by white Republican men. There are only four women in the Alabama Senate, all of which opposed the legislation.
Deep breaths. Let’s just try to get through this by stating the facts:
• The new law makes abortion a crime at any stage of pregnancy, the only exception being if there is a serious threat to the health of the woman.
• It is the strictest in the United States.
• Lawmakers voted down an amendment that would have allowed legal abortions for women who become pregnant due to rape or incest. Instead, the legislation makes it a class A felony for a doctor to perform an abortion, with the crime punishable by 10 to 99 years in prison.
Last week, Alabama’s neighbouring state, Georgia, passed legislation outlawing abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. In March it was Mississippi, with Ohio following suit in April. There are no words to adequately convey how unjust everything I have just typed is. All I can say for certain is that if those 25 men who voted today could get pregnant, abortion would not only be legal, it would be free.
In case you’re wondering, this is who makes legal decisions about women’s bodies in Alabama:
Annnd that’s a giant NOPE from me.