In light (or shall I say darkness) of the bill passed in Alabama yesterday banning abortion. Here is what you need to know and why you should speak up.
As an empath and a woman, today has been incredibly hard. I feel physically disgusted, sad and devastated about the abortion laws that have been recently implemented in the United States, that are not only anti-female, but anti-human.
For those of you who don’t know, yesterday Alabama passed a bill to ban abortion, one of the most strict abortion laws of our time. This is just one state that has banned abortion in the U.S. There are others with tight laws on the matter as well. The only exception to the rule is in the case a women has been involved in incest or rape. The bill states that a woman can face 10 years of prison time for trying to abort her child. A doctor can see 99 years of prison for doing the procedure.
Here is what you really need to know about the abortion ban:
Women’s rights are fundamental human rights! The fact elderly white men are making decisions about female bodies, having never pushed a baby out of their bodies or endured 9 months of pregnancy, it is disgusting and unfathomable. This is the very definition of the anti-feminist behaviours within the patriarchy. It is not at all a mans place to make such life-changing and heavy decisions on a females life or welfare. And further, the fact the doctor or woman having the abortion can see increasingly more jail time than a rapist himself (10-99 years of prison), is BACKWARDS and appalling. The justice system has proven that charging and convicting rapist is almost impossible nowadays. Women will continue to give birth to children conceived from rape because the system has made it impossible for women to convict their rapists in the first place.
Let’s not forget that health care is expensive for citizens in the states. The government making birth control inaccessible or impossible to afford means pregnancy rates will sky rocket in the years to come. It cost approximately $30,000 to have a baby in the United States – often more than the average female makes in a year due to the gender wage gap. Not too mention there is minimal to no paid maternity leave for women to fall back on should they need to leave work to have the baby or tend to their newborn children. Who is meant to pay for the pregnancies- and the babies there after? I do not see a bill making it mandatory for the men who provide the sperm to help mothers out financially.
Make no mistake, those that call themselves “pro-life” are not. Banning abortion puts lives at risk, as women seek dangerous ways to abort their fetus’. A lot of women simply cannot afford to have a baby. The rich white men of the world will always find a way to get safe medically-performed abortions for the women they get pregnant, it’s the rest of the middle and lower class that will suffer. This bill will harm mothers and the babies they birth months later. For those children may not be provided with a healthy home or opportunities they deserve. This is not pro-life, this is suffering.
The bottom line is: it is no ones business as to what one woman does with her body or why she does it. I’m lucky to live in a country where we are provided with choice and affordable health care in these situations as every person should be. The fact we are still fighting this war shows just how far we have to go in gender equality. I have faith that a younger generation – a wiser, empathetic and educated generation – will turn this bill over fast.
Women are NOT baby making machines or wombs, WE are educated and intelligent people with more to offer than babies. To all those affected by this ban, we women in the other corners of the world hear your cries. We will not settle for this. This is not okay. Spread the message.