In case you haven’t been paying attention — and given the real life horror movie that we’re living in these days, who could blame you? — there’s been a recent spate of anti-choice legislation in various states around the country.
Ohio and Georgia will soon ban abortions after six weeks (before many women even know they’re pregnant), without exceptions for issues like rape, incest, or maternal age. Alabama takes it a terrifying step further and bans all abortions, and criminalizes those who perform or receive an abortion.
Holy freaking shit. We are literally wearing red capes and white hats right now. This is the real life Handmaid’s Tale.
If you're not horrified and enraged by the right's all-out assault on women's reproductive health and freedom, you're not paying attention.
THIS IS THE HANDMAID'S TALE IN REAL LIFE.#abortion
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) May 8, 2019
These laws were passed with the intention of challenging Roe v. Wade, and seriously, how are we still talking about this? Don’t lawmakers have better things to do with their time than create a dystopian society? Apparently not, because a whole lot of GOP legislators — who not so coincidentally happen to be white males — have been hellbent on enacting the most archaic, offensive, restrictive anti-choice laws in modern history. Because obviously, to these folks, women just do.not.matter.
Just in case you don't understand what new law #Alabama Republican MEN just passed: if a violent savage beats and rapes you and leaves you for dead…or if Uncle Harry rapes your 11-year-old daughter…and you get an #abortion the DOCTOR gets arrested. Unconscionable…
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) May 15, 2019
Want more proof that the GOPers just don’t care? If a rape victim gets an abortion, the doctor who helps her could face more prison time than her rapist. Let that sink in for a minute.
POINT: Rapists can now serve less prison time than doctors who perform abortions for rape victims in Alabama.
— Jess Phoenix 🌋🏳️🌈🤠 (@jessphoenix2018) May 15, 2019
For the love of God, can we please stop having men — who very obviously have no understanding of the female body — stop deciding what happens with our bodies?
Until a man bleeds/ pushes a baby from their body they can not tell a woman what she can do with her body. Don’t force women to have children when there are a million reasons in the world why a woman shouldn’t. Like the cruel nature of this country. #georgia #abortion
— vick royale (@VickRoyale) May 10, 2019
I mean, the ineptitude is absolutely astonishing.
— Red™️ (@Redpainter1) May 9, 2019
Here’s the harsh truth: laws don’t stop abortions, they only stop safe abortions and put actual lives at risk. Not exactly pro-life, is it?
Male Republican lawmakers in #Alabama didn't vote to ban #abortion. They voted to kill people who can no longer end pregnancies they don't want, and will resort to unsafe methods to try. Legislation can't stop abortions. It can only change the means by which people seek them.
— Clementine Ford 🧟♀️ (@clementine_ford) May 15, 2019
And the hypocrisy is pull-your-hair-out maddening. I can’t believe we are talking about issues of abortion and birth control when children are literally dying in the streets (and in our schools) and the income disparity in our own country is staggering.
#Republicans are strange…..
they fight to outlaw abortion….then in the next breath theyre fighting to end social programs….
fight to get the babies here but hey once its here you're on your own
— Black Panther Peeps (@godofwine77) May 10, 2019
While we’re wasting time and energy on this nonsense, laws that would actually save lives don’t seem to matter.
how did abortions get banned faster than guns
— 𝐩𝐚𝐮𝐥🌙 (@saladbarpaul) May 11, 2019
Also? These laws are racist.
The Alabama abortion ban is not just about outlawing the health care procedure from the moment of conception, endangering doctors, challenging Roe v. Wade, or policing women’s bodies. The ban will also put a lot more black women in prison than anyone else. https://t.co/rG2rYhIYvL
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 15, 2019
And this isn’t a battle women should have to fight on our own. Because, hello, women don’t get pregnant on their own. Guys, it’s time to speak up. NOW.
I know there are a lot of men out there who have partners who've had abortions. It's time for you to speak up and be allies. Women don't get pregnant alone.
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) May 15, 2019
Or here’s an alternative…
– all men have vasectomys at age 13. Can apply for reversal with spousal co-sign
– impregnating a woman that is not your wife gets up to 99 years in jail
Does this sound absurd? Sounds like Alabama but for men, to me. 🤷♂️ #ProChoiceBecause
— Devo the 40th (@HickeyDevon) May 9, 2019
I truly can’t believe we’re still talking about this, but pro-choice legislation matters — to all of us. Not only does “abortion” cover a wide range of medical procedures — including D&Cs for missed miscarriages, voluntarily medical abortions, and dilation and extraction procedures — but the lives that are put at risk impact us all.
Bottom line: If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t have one. But if you are truly pro-life, then upholding a woman’s right to choose and other pro-choice legislation is the only way to actually support life.