End the War on Women’s Reproductive Rights
Target: Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama
Goal: Do not make abortion a felony.
Alabama just launched the most devastating attack yet on women’s health autonomy. The male-majority state Senate, which often likes to rail against government overreach, voted 25-6 to give the government oversight over a woman’s reproductive choices. This dangerous bill was signed into law by the governor, meaning almost all abortions will essentially be criminalized. The freedom of more than half the state’s population to make independent healthcare decisions will die as well.
The so-called Human Life Protection Act bans every abortion except if the mother’s life is at risk. A last-minute push to add a rape and incest exemption was ultimately defeated. Within six months, healthcare professionals who perform the procedure could spend nearly 100 years in prison. This basic life sentence would be a more severe punishment, in many cases, than even the worst felons and convicted murderers receive. In a time where allegations of ant-Semitism fly fast and furious, many lawmakers have even tried to equate abortion with the Holocaust.
This deeply damaging bill appears primarily designed to defy the rule of law. One representative even admitted, “the heart of this bill is to confront a decision that was made by the courts in 1973.” ‘Settled law’ and ‘unalienable rights’ seemingly only apply for some politicians when they personally benefit from or agree with the ideal.
Sign the petition below to denounce this outright assault on personal freedom and legal precedent.
Dear Governor Ivey,
You decision to sign into law one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bans is an attack on women’s rights. The Supreme Court, much as it has in other matters we consider ‘settled law’ (from desegregation to the right to bear arms) weighed these incredibly complex issues more than four decades ago. Their carefully crafted decision should be honored, and the rule of law within this country should still mean something beyond divisive partisan politics.
If you believe in the integrity and absolute importance of women’s health, you should not have signed this bill. One physician said it best: “in a state that has some of the worst health outcomes for women in the nation-such as the highest rate of cervical cancer — Alabama is putting women’s lives at an even greater risk. Politicians who say they value life should advocate for policies to solve the public health crises that are killing women, not dismantle what little access to health care Alabamians have left.”
Most of all, if you value the freedom and hard-won rights for every American, male and female, you should not have signed this bill that is a fundamental war on both. A true ‘values voter’ would not sign their name to a law that stands against every core American value.
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Photo Credit: Peter Muhly