The internet exploded over Alabama’s abortion bill, and here’s why


#YouKnowMe

Source: ABC News

Source: ABC News

Last week, Alabama Gov. Key Ivey signed a bill to ban all abortions upon gestation, except in cases where the women’s life was at risk. This near-total ban is one of the most extreme laws to be introduced to the United States, where abortions are also denied in cases of rape and incest. This law also carries a 99-year prison sentence for doctors who perform the procedure.

This ban is an attack on female reproductive rights and many, including celebrities have their social media platforms to express their anger.

Other women shared their experience on abortion with the #YouKnowMe hashtag.

 

Rihanna pointed out that all the 25 Republicans that have voted for the ban are white and male.

Many have highlighted the irony in white men taking away female’s reproductive freedom, despite never having experienced unwanted pregnancies.  

 

The Alabama law will disproportionately affect black and poor women because they are more likely to seek abortions. They also have lacking resources to obtain an abortion out of state.

 

This is law is set to take effect in six months, but is predicted to face many legal challenges due to the ban being unconstitutional.


Words: Jenny Qian

 
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