Alabama is banning abortions in the case of rape and incest – and destroying countless women’s lives
This maniacal drive to make things harder for those who can carry foetuses, is driven by a deep-seated belief that only cisgender men can be the true gatekeepers of morality and sexuality when it comes to women
May 15, 2019
Exactly a week after Republican governor Brian Kemp mercilessly signed away millions of people’s right to have an abortion in Georgia, Alabama has effectively joined the war against terminating pregnancies.
The restriction, the strictest in America when it comes to abortion laws, will see millions forced to carry pregnancies to term no matter the circumstance, unless it poses a direct threat to the mother’s life. Doctors too, will be affected by the law: anyone caught attempting to perform an abortion once the ban comes into effect in six months, could face up to 99 years in prison. While women will not be punished for leaving the state and accessing abortions elsewhere – unlike in Georgia – it is manifestly not fair that only those with the means and time should be able to terminate a pregnancy.