Alabama’s republican governor signed one of the most restrictive abortion bans into law yesterday. The bill was passed by a whole bunch of white men on the Alabama senate (there were 3 women who voted no) and signed into law by a white woman who invoked God as her reason. Said Gov. Kay, “every life is a sacred gift from God.” Subtext: Unless that life is of a woman who is already born. Those living women, you and I, and your sisters and daughters, are disposable in the eyes of the religious right. Say so-long to separation of church and state and say hello to the death of countless women who will be forced into birth, should they become pregnant, even in cases of rape and incest.
As we well know, outlawing abortion does not stop abortion. It simply increases dangerous back alley abortions, suicides and ultimately, the death of women who could have been saved by procedures early in a pregnancy. Women deserve health care. This law is anti-health and anti-life for women.
Make no mistake, this is not a pro-life law. This is a law about controlling and subjugating women. We are not considered equal in today’s United States. As was once said by garbage-face-Justice-Scalia,
“Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t. Nobody ever thought that that’s what it meant. Nobody ever voted for that.”
We currently have a conservative majority Supreme Court. We have a president who treats women as disposable blow up sex toys and a GOP run Senate with a disdain for law and a fear of any progressive values. We are headed directly towards a reversal of Roe v. Wade and worse.
I’m exhausted. I really am. I wasn’t going to post about this. This fight has been going on since my mother was pregnant with me. When I was born, my unwed mother had no choice. She HAD to birth me. That breaks my heart. Every woman deserves control over their own life. Everyone deserves control over their own body. Not JUST the men. Full stop.
I felt like we needed to post something here to remind everyone that we NEED to pass an equal rights amendment to protect women and the people who are being minoritized by a religious right who wants power and money more than they want to understand the teachings of a Jesus. Don’t be fooled, it’s not about God, Governor Kay, it’s about hatred of “the other” and fear of women and the people who don’t look like you. Your Jesus would be ashamed at how you treat those who are considered less than you. That guy loved sex workers and the poor. Read your book.
I leave you with the wise and powerful words of Nina Simone, Mississippi Goddam. True in 1965 and sadly so very, very true today. Understand that we need to rise up and fight back or the Handmaid’s clock will hit midnight.