Updated: Dec 5, 2019
There isn't a lot that surprises me anymore, but Alabama? You may have done it.
Last night, Alabama lawmakers voted to ban all abortions in the state and to punish doctors who perform the procedure.
Thanks to a 22 to 11 vote, there are no exceptions for rape or incest, and doctors who perform abortions on women or girls who are raped will receive more jail time (up to 99 years) than the rapist.
Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton voiced anger:
“You just raped every little girl,” he shouted. “You just raped every woman who’s been raped by a man. You just raped them all over again. Yes, I said it and I hope your conscience is eating your head up. I hope it’s eating you bad.”
Ohio and Georgia are up next, but lets hope the outrage from this atrocious vote shows them they will not succeed. Though it will take some time for this 'law' to go into affect, the ACLU of Alabama is already preparing to file suit. Most women already know the goal is to overturn Roe vs. Wade which means an abortion ban at the federal level. Though a A Handmaid's Tale is meant to be fiction, women are approaching this in reality.
Let's face it. It's a bunch of old, white men who are dictating what women can do with their bodies - as usual - and the conservative "religious" women who support this law are worse than the men making these decisions. How dare you throw a Bible at a woman's vagina and then walk away when she or her baby are hungry. You rip away social programs to help women, to help families, who are struggling to make ends meet. You reduce funding for education which is needed more than ever, especially in Alabama. The state is ranked 49th in education and it shows. It really shows.
Men. Where are you? Where is your voice? Where is your outrage? To every male reading this, it's on you to step up with us and join this fight. Peter Daou, (@peterdaou) author of Digital Civil War is doing just that:
"I'd like to see a single #Alabama parent or lawmaker look us in the eye and say they're fine with a 12-year-old being raped then FORCED to carry the pregnancy to term. These people are among the worst extremists on the planet. Dangerous and un-American."
He's right. Christian extremism is on the rise and we need to fight against it. I'm all in for this one and you should be too. It's a war on women. It's another fail in this corrupt GOP administration. Stop relying on people to fix it for you and to be your voice. Stand up and speak up now.