Republicans are attacking a woman’s right to choose. And before you think this will have no affect on Black communities — think again.
The Alabama Senate have passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the country. Governor Kay Ivey is supposed to sign the bill into law with six days. According to CNN.com, her spokesperson says, “As this legislation is still making its way through the legislative process, the governor intends to withhold comment until it makes its way to her desk for signature.”
The bill would give doctors up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion. CNN.com reports, “Democrats re-introduced an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, but the motion failed on an 11-21 vote.”
Staci Fox, president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, told CNN that “even the authors of this bill know that it is blatantly unconstitutional and wouldn’t stand up in court.” She also added, “We’ve seen the continual chipping away year after year in Alabama and efforts get bolder and bolder each year. I think with the President and now Kavanaugh on the court, the politics in Alabama just feel emboldened to take this egregious swipe at women’s health care.”
It’s also a swipe at Black women. Georgia state rep. Renitta Shannon told Rolling Stone, “Black women know that whenever you criminalize abortion, then it’s Black women who are going to be locked up. Whenever you don’t cover abortions through insurance, it’s young Black women who are going to suffer — we’re the majority of the minimum-wage earners. All this stuff is connected.”
Alabama also happens to have highest the proportions of Black women, according to data scientist and policy analyst Samuel Sinyangwe.
In addition, the Alabama Senate Republicans are all white men. The Guardian reports “Of the 27 Republicans, all white men, that dominate the 35-seat Alabama senate, 25 voted to pass the bill late on Tuesday.”
This is not only a war on women but a war on Black women and it’s happening all over the country. Even in Ohio, Republicans are pushing the “Heartbeat Bill,” which “would allow criminal charges against both doctors and pregnant women seeking abortions. It would characterize an ‘unborn human’ as a person under Ohio’s criminal code, meaning abortions could be punishable by life in prison or even the death penalty.”
The bill, HB 565, which was introduced in March, has not passed as of yet. Clearly, many Republicans want to ban abortion and have complete control over women’s reproductive health.
Abortion was made legal nationwide in 1973 with the “Roe v. Wade” decision.
How Alabama’s Abortion Ban Will Hurt Black Women The Most was originally published on newsone.com