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Your Politics Don't Govern My Body: Unconstitutional Abortion Bans & Pro-Life Hypocrisy

Your Politics Don't Govern My Body: Unconstitutional Abortion Bans & Pro-Life Hypocrisy

Is it 1950 or 2019? Alabama’s abortion ban is unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a controversial bill—called the Alabama Human Life Protection Act—into law that basically bans all abortions. The bill makes it a felony for a doctor to perform or attempt an abortion during any stage of pregnancy. This was approved by the state’s Senate late Tuesday night. Legislators in Alabama passed the bill 25-6. They also denied an amendment that would have allowed exemptions for cases of rape and incest. What Governor Ivey tweeted was just the icing on the cake. It sounds just like some ridiculousness. *eyeroll*

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A doctor who performs an abortion on a rape victim will face more time in prison that the rapist. Let that sink in. It is insanity.

This is challenging more than 40 years of federal abortion protection under Roe v. Wade. If you aren’t familiar with Roe v. Wade, it was a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case that affirmed that access to safe and legal abortions is a constitutional right. But just to be clear: Roe v. Wade wasn’t the beginning of abortions in America. What it did was allow people to access abortions legally and it prevented people from dying from unsafe, illegal abortions. Alabama’s abortion ban is extremely dangerous and the ones who signed the bill want to overturn Roe v. Wade. This has been building up for some time now.

The ACLU of Alabama has promised to fight this new law, and abortion is still legal in all 50 states. HOWEVER, the point is that we shouldn’t even have to deal with this right now. Have any of you watched the show The Handmaid’s Tale? If you haven’t, it’s basically a representation of this mess.

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Alabama Human Life Protection Act? That entire title is problematic because these people don’t value human lives and don’t care to protect them. Republican Clyde Chambliss is a white man in the Senate who sponsored the abortion ban, and said, “Human life has rights, and when someone takes those rights, that’s when we as government have to step in.” OH REALLY, Clyde?

The government sure doesn’t care about innocent human lives and their rights. You all sit back and watch black children get murdered by racist white cops, but all you say is what the black child did wrong. The government detains Hispanic children at the border and puts them in cages after tearing them away from their families who were seeking asylum. You read and hear about these same children being assaulted, sleeping on dirty floors, and not having food, but you turn your head and ignore it. You watch innocent black children in the justice system being convicted of crimes they did not commit, but you don’t care about any of that. You watch children get massacred in schools but you won’t ban military-style assault rifles and refuse to reform gun control, but you care about innocent human lives? No you don’t, Clyde.

This is a country where a zygote is seen as a human being that deserves full rights, but is a country that still hasn’t decided if a black person is one.

Georgia also passed an unconstitutional bill, criminalizing abortion after six weeks, punishing women with either life in prison, or the death penalty. The bill also makes it illegal for a woman to travel to a state where it is legal to get an abortion. If she does that, then she would serve up to ten years in prison.

Excuse me, WHAT?! So let me get this straight: abortion is murder but killing women who get abortions is not.

That is completely asinine.

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Getting back to Alabama: If your 14 year old (or whatever age) daughter or granddaughter was walking around, minding her business, and someone grabbed her, raped her, and she got pregnant, you mean to tell me that you’re going to sit there and say she should have the baby? If the answer to that is yes, I’m going to really need you to get your life together because there’s literally something wrong with you.

So when exactly are these people going to admit that they’re really pro-white birth, because that’s exactly what this is. Pro-birth and pro-life are in NO WAY the same. Lets just get that straight. It’s pro-white birth but also pro-police the bodies of women. There is an entire amendment in the Constitution that gives the woman the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. People literally lose their minds at any mention of gun regulation and start screaming about their Second Amendment rights.

These are the same people who say gun laws won’t stop gun violence, but they believe abortion laws will stop abortions? That doesn’t even make sense. But, it’s not supposed to make sense.

It’s all about power and has always been about power.

It isn’t about being pro-life anymore. It’s much more than that. It’s about controlling when women can have kids, controlling their bodies, and growing a labor force for capitalistic gain. States that are trying to ban abortion are the states that have the highest proportions of black women living there. That is not a coincidence. These white legislators want to take their reproductive rights away. Black women will birth more children that will then become a victim of systemic racism, and populate the for-profit prisons that these white legislators have money in.

Mass incarceration is rooted in capitalism, and is exactly why there is a womb-to-prison pipeline.

Lets also be clear about a couple of other things. It is not abortion, but the lack of access to abortion that is a deadly threat to women. The less access to abortion, the greater the chance that women will die in childbirth or pregnancy. So what does the presence or absence of abortion services have to do with a woman surviving pregnancy and childbirth? Well, if you take time to do the research, states that make abortions hard to get are also the same states that tend to be stingy about health services like pre and postnatal care. Not being able to have access to those services also makes it less likely to catch problems like high blood pressure or bleeding that could give warning signs for complications. Also important to mention here is the fact that black women are the ones who have the highest maternal mortality rate.

This is a race, class, and gender issue. The goal with criminalizing abortion is to keep the same cyclical pattern going and to keep people in poverty. Like I said before, these systemic problems negatively target and oppress black women and people of color. I’ll also add the poor, working class, and rural Americans. We all know this isn’t going to apply to these lawmakers, their wives, their daughters, and their mistresses. When has the law ever applied to them?

What I do with my body is MY business. My body is MINE. Your body is YOURS. People are so concerned with why women are having abortions and I’m so sick of it. You don’t own me. My ancestors were owned for centuries and I’m damn sure not going to sit here as a black woman and not speak up about this issue. You shouldn’t either.

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There are people out there—some of who may be reading this—who will say they aren’t into politics and who don’t want to get involved. Okay well you need to get involved. Stop being submissive to the patriarchy that continues to imprison you. People look at history and are proud when they see that people stood up for what was right, and then people are disgusted and confused when they see times when people sat by and didn’t do more. Well, we’re living it right now.

Sincerely,
Lettie

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