Alabama's New Abortion Ban Is Not A Solution
Start writing a post

The state of Alabama just voted to pass a law banning abortion at every stage of pregnancy unless the mother's physical or mental health is in jeopardy. This will now be the most restrictive law on abortion in the nation. Surely, this is for the good of women residing here, no?

Absolutely not.

With this law in place, victims of rape or incest will be forced to carry their baby to term and deliver it. If a woman does wish to seek an abortion illegally in Alabama, this offense is punishable by law up to 99 years in prison for the doctor who performs the abortion. How long was Brock Turner sentenced to for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, you ask? Six months with three years of probation to follow.

This law is not only unfair to women, but it also favors rapists more than they already are.

Picture this: your 12-year-old daughter just got her period before the summer starts. She goes to a pool party at the end of the summer and is raped by her friend's older brother while at the party.

She doesn't tell anyone because she's not sure what happened and is scared she'll get in trouble. She misses her period the next month but doesn't say anything because she hasn't been taught comprehensive sexual education yet and doesn't know what it means. Finally, she tells you and you take her to the doctor.

She's 7 weeks pregnant.

Under these new laws, you're about to be a grandparent! Surely, this is what you've always wanted...no? Your 12-year-old daughter's life is now turned upside-down. Even if she were to give the child up for adoption, she would still have to go through a 9-month pregnancy and most likely drop out of school.

Not only is this near-complete ban on abortion a complete violation of women's rights, but this law was not even decided by women in the slightest.

In fact, 25 white men decided the fate of the women of Alabama's uteruses.

If men were able to get pregnant, I'm sure laws would be much less restrictive. These men have no chance of getting pregnant in their life, yet they are able to make decisions that have absolutely nothing to do with them.

Let's talk about the term "pro-life." This is a term conservatives use to express their views on abortion. More or less, it means they are in favor of saving the pregnancies that would potentially otherwise be terminated by an abortion. The crazy thing about all this is how lawmakers are able to pick and choose when they would like to protect lives.

What about the pregnant woman's life? What if that pregnant woman is not in fact, a woman, but a child? People who are victims of rape and/or incest will have to have these children, and if they cannot handle giving them up for adoption, they will be reminded of their abuser every time they look at their child.

If these lawmakers were genuinely "pro-life," there would be an absolute ban on semi-automatic weapons, not abortions.

Picking when to be pro-life is wrong and morally unjust. When a woman is pregnant and does not want to carry the baby to term, too bad. But, if someone chooses to purchase a semi-automatic weapon that could kill hundreds of people in under a minute, they are able to do so.

Giving someone the tools to easily kill hundreds of people does not necessarily mean they'll do it, but then why do they need it in the first place? This is like telling a kid they can have a piece of candy, rather, they can go to the store and buy all the candy they want, but they can't eat it.

Is the child going to refrain from eating the candy? Most likely no. So, what's stopping people from carrying out mass shootings?

See also: I Lost Two Babies Before Age 20, And I'm Proud Of Alabama For Banning Abortion

This brings me to my last point. With abortions being made illegal, this will only increase the number of women seeking alternative options. Some may leave the state to seek an abortion, some may risk their own life by seeking an illegal abortion, and some may even try to terminate the pregnancy themselves. If a woman truly wants an abortion, she will find a way to do it.

It's as simple as this: making abortions accessible and legal does not mean every woman will get an abortion, it means the women that want or need them will be able to choose whether they feel they are fit to bring a child into this world. Not your body, and especially if you're a male, not your choice.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Swoon

23 Pandemic-Approved Date Ideas That'll Send Sparks Flying From Six Feet Apart

There's a safe way to date right now and yes, it includes masks.

118514

While some people would rather opt out of dating altogether during the pandemic so they don't have to wear a mask on a first date, others are choosing to listen to both guidelines and their heart in order to find love during the time of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Should you be one of the individuals welcoming romance right now, there are pandemic-approved dates you can go on that still adhere to guidelines (and yes, you'll have to wear a mask).

Keep Reading... Show less

I didn't believe the notification when it came through to my phone: Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died from complications due to cancer.

Keep Reading... Show less

In our patriarchal society, men hide from their feelings, but toxic masculinity is literally killing men. They swallow the pain and move on so that they can look, feel, and act "tough."

But, strength is derived from asking for help and voicing your struggle and, trust me, working on your mental health is one hell of a struggle. The real way to "man up" is to acknowledge the downfalls in unjust societal norms. Mental health problems do not mean that a man is weak, they are neurologically-based disorders that require professional treatment.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

11 Things Your Boyfriend Should Do Before He Drops $499 On A PS5

Let's start with spending less time gaming and more time with you.

4108

Scrolling through Twitter this week had me rolling on the floor laughing as I read some of the hilarious tweets from ladies who, whether in a relationship or not, shared reactions to the news that PlayStation 5 is on its way

As this "buy your boyfriend a PS5" joke takes off across the internet, let's just say, there are a few things your BF should be doing before dropping $499 on the new gaming system — or, if the tweets are real for some, before you buy it for him as a gift.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Sorry, But 'I Don’t Care About Politics' Is Not A Valid Excuse For NOT Voting

The younger generation of voters is so crucial to the upcoming election because our vote is going to shape the world that we are about to enter as adults.

26993

When I ask my friends if they are voting this term most of them respond with "no" followed by an explanation of "I don't care enough," "It doesn't affect me," or "I don't keep up with politics," etc. I get it, as a college student I know that there are many other things to be concerned about like school, relationships, work, and friends. I also understand that keeping up with politics can seem like trying to keep up with an over-exaggerated reality show that has way too many seasons. Not to mention most news stations and websites are biased so it's hard to decipher if what you hear is true or fake.

However, despite all of this annoyance, as the next generation of Americans, we have to remember that we owe it to ourselves, our families, and to our futures to care.

Keep Reading... Show less
Tasia Sli

Tasia Sli and Anna Yang met in quintessential New York fashion at a chic rooftop event, inquisitive Yale grad Anna gravitating towards model/entrepreneur Tasia.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Anna Hernández-Buces

"Do you have big parties on Cinco de Mayo?"

Keep Reading... Show less

Two of my favorite things in life are reading and books. Obviously, they go hand-in-hand. In my life, I've realized that there is nothing better than learning about the current world or getting fully immersed in another world. Reading can inspire, teach, and entertain you.

For me, the feeling of opening a book and smelling that fresh book smell can't compete with anything else.

Keep Reading... Show less

Expecting mother and wife to singer/songwriter John Legend may have accidentally slipped up and revealed the gender of her and Legend's third baby today on her Instagram story.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

20 Books About Latin And Hispanic Heritage Absolutely Everyone Should Have On Their Bookshelf

Any ally of the community needs to be reading these incredible reads.

9130

I go through phases when it comes to what I like to read. I am typically reading two books at any given time: one serious nonfiction and one escapist fiction novel to have on hand and open up depending on my mood.

What remains consistent, however, amongst most of my fellow bibliophiles is a desire to try new and different authors and genres. I, as an Indian woman, have been partial to reading books written by fellow Indian and Desi writers since I first got a library card.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Asked 46 Women What They Thought About The Term 'Plus-Size', And Here's What They Had To Say

It's 2020, where change is inevitable and norms are not only questioned, but challenged.

4525

We live in a world where it's become customary to push boundaries, break rules, and question standards upheld by society. Though try as we might, some of these standards are harder to conquer than others — body image is one of the top contenders.

For years, the body positivity movement has pushed for the acceptance of all marginalized body types not represented or celebrated in the media. Recently, we've gotten better at appreciating and accepting all body types, but one thing that's still lingering is the stigma of body image in the fashion industry — more specifically, the term "plus-size."

Keep Reading... Show less
Netflix

Many popular TV shows are holding off premiers until spring, so most people are relying on their television subscriptions to get them through a socially distant fall semester.

Thankfully, Netflix was busy filming this past year because there is a ton of new original content coming in the near future. From mysteries to romances, here are some of the best new shows you have to check out this year:

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

Taylor Swift Sang 'betty' At The ACMs And It Was The Perfect First Live 'folklore' Performance

I guarantee that Inez is spreading rumors about how fire this performance was.

3736
CBS

The Academy of Country Music Awards were last night and the performances were wonderful, but Taylor Swift's live version of "betty" from her newest album "folklore" really took the cake for me.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

9 Reasons I Unfollowed All The Fitness Influencers On My Instagram Feed

I don't need to feel bad about myself because of who I follow on social media.

2262

Throughout quarantine, something that a lot of us picked up on was working out. With all the free time, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to work on that "dream bod" you've been wanting for years, or to just feel good about yourself.

A common way to stay motivated and keep yourself on-task is to follow fitness influencers on various platforms. For some people, yes, this can be a healthy and helpful way to keep your drive. In other cases, however, this can do more harm than good.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments