This week the Alabama state Senate passed the country’s strictest abortion bill. This bill bans ALL abortions in the state, with absolutely no exception for cases of rape or incest. If a woman, or even a young girl, chooses to have an abortion it would be classed as ILLEGAL. The only exception to this rule would be if the pregnant woman’s life was at risk or if the unborn child has “a lethal anomaly”.
And here’s the icing on a bitter tasting cake: If a doctor performs an abortion for any other reason they could face up to 99 years in prison. Whilst the chance of a doctor receiving a 99-year life sentence is unlikely, it puts abortion in the same category as a Class A felon – the highest level in Alabama. The minimum sentence for which is 10 years.
Here are some examples of Class A Felonies in Alabama:
- First-degree murder or capital murder
- First-degree kidnapping
- First-degree rape
- First-degree domestic violence
How does giving a woman the right to choose whether she wants to carry a child come into the same category as these crimes?
If a woman has been raped, not only would she be forced into carrying her rapist’s child, but if any doctor does carry out the abortion he would be charged in the same category as this rapist and could even face a longer sentence.
It is utterly ridiculous that it only took until May last year for Ireland to amend their constitution. And now Alabama is pushing for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which gave women the constitutional right to abortion in 1973. If the Supreme Court does overturn it this would become an issue for all individual states. Alabama may be taking the lead on the strictest abortion law yet, but they are not the only state. Sixteen states this year have placed restrictions on abortion rights. Georgia, Mississippi, and Ohio recently passed “heartbeat bills” which prohibited abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. This is something which can occur as early as six weeks. How many women can you think of which have not realised they were pregnant until long after the six-week mark?
This bill was passed by 25 MALE Republican senators. Just 4 women sit in the Alabama Senate, all of whom are part of the Democratic party minority. They all voted against the bill.
It is 2019…
and yet the world is regressing back to a time where women had absolutely no control over their bodies
25 men have decided what women can and cannot do with their own body
It forces every female to continue their pregnancy regardless of their age, mental capacity, or circumstance.
The numbers of babies being placed in care are likely to increase
And of course, Alabama has added no punishments for rapists
This is 2019.