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Reproductive rights are a cornerstone of women’s freedom in the modern world. Without control over their reproductive capabilities, women would not be able to pursue careers or even education in some cases. Access to low-cost birth control can protect women from youthful mistakes and help new families and freshly married couples establish themselves before they take on the responsibility of providing for children.
Unfortunately, it seems like every time you turn around, there is someone interested in curtailing women’s rights. Whether it’s a craft store that makes most of its money from women who make things as hobbyists denying birth control coverage to its workers (and why are women still shopping there?) or it’s a bunch of white men voting on a topic that will literally never impact them directly, people seem to jump at the chance to undermine women’s control over their bodies.
Much to the disgust but not the surprise of the relatively sane people in other states, lawmakers in Alabama just decided to criminalize women’s health care. They just voted to ban all abortions unless the mother’s life is in danger, without an exception for victims of rape or incest. Once the governor signs it, it will be the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Of course, those exceptions do little to help, as they would require either a conviction or a confession, and criminal trials would almost always last beyond pregnancy. In other words, the laws will almost certainly force victims of incest and rape to carry any pregnancy that results
Other states have also been at this same game, seeking to strike while the proverbial iron is hot. Georgia has already passed a similar law. Although many women don’t realize that they are pregnant until they are 8 weeks along or even farther, lawmakers are now pushing to create so-called heartbeat laws that make abortion illegal before women find out they’re carrying a child. Georgia’s new law will go into effect on January 1st. Ohio passed a similar law that discounts women’s lives and hidden but high rate of rape and incest.
Many people are quick to point out that these laws are unconstitutional under Roe v. Wade, but the problem is that that is exactly the point. These giddy vectors of patriarchal evil incarnate are ecstatically passing vicious, unconscionable laws so that people will challenge them. They dream of taking this issue all the way to the Supreme Court because they are now confident that they have the votes on the Supreme Court to effectively overturn Roe v. Wade and send women across this country on a path back toward the Dark Ages.
To say that it is shitty and underhanded is the understatement of the year. What it is is disgusting and a means of subverting what most people in America believe, as research consistently indicates that a majority of both men and women support legal abortion access and birth control. However, the tiny but loud minority that
We encourage citizens upset by these developments to make positive changes to support the rights of women. Consider donating to the American Civil Liberties Union or Planned Parenthood, both of which will undoubtedly be on the front lines of these upcoming legal battles. Listen to the women speaking out and talking about how access to abortion helped them pursue their dreams and kept them from a life of poverty and resentment. Tell your elected officials to stop trying to legislate other people’s lives and bodies. Maybe if we vote every one of these fuckers out, some of the next batch will listen to something other than an echo chamber of support.