The day women became fodder for the religious rightstrictest abortion ban in the country, sparking fears not only about abortion access, but also about how the policy could worsen disparities that already endanger the health of women living in the south. “This law is putting doctors in an impossible position. Alabama is already facing a critical shortage of OB/GYNs, and this is going to further reduce health care access in a state that certainly needs it,” says Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen. And without exceptions in the law for rape and incest, “the doctor who provides abortion care could go to jail for longer than the rapist. What kind of dystopian world do we live in?” The day Gov. Ivey signed the bill into law she said, “I believe all lives are precious.” Would Gov. Ivey be willing to go to death row in the Alabama prisons and tell someone about to be executed that “all lives are precious?” From 1983 to April 2018, Alabama has executed 63 people. As of 2018, Alabama had 191 inmates on death row, the 4th highest number in the US. The majority of them are black. How precious are these lives to Gov. Ivey and for that matter to the 25 white, male Republicans who pushed the bill? What is it with white Republican men that causes them to be so adamantly against abortions? Hypocrisy? One white Republican legislator who was pushing the abortion bill had to resign when it came out that he had urged his pregnant girlfriend to get an abortion. There has never been a bill introduced in any State of the Union that attempted to take control of a man’s body. But that is exactly what this sudden surge in anti-abortion bills nationwide is trying to do: Take control of a woman’s body.
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