The USA's anti-abortion laws shows men still think they have the right to make decisions about women's bodies
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Last week, the State of Alabama went even further and passed a law banning abortion. This new legislation makes abortion illegal and unattainable, even 'in cases of rape and incest'. The news has been followed by uproar across the globe.
4) The Georgia bill states that a woman can be investigated for miscarrying and that women who travel to another state to get an abortion can spend up to ten years in prison. #SexStrike— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 13, 2019
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Another claim made by those anti-abortion is 'men regret lost fatherhood'. But for once, this isn't about men. This is about women and what they want to do with their bodies. It's 2019. Men need to stop thinking they have the right to tell women what decisions they should make.
The tactics employed by anti-abortion protestors are disgusting. They aim to torture women, calling on their conscience and morals, calling them to 'think about what they are doing'. In many cases, they call abortion murder.
Many claim to root their anti-abortion ideology in their faith. To them I say: that's fine if that's how you want to treat your body, but don't enforce your religious views on others. We are too far along to start pushing the views of a religion that is hugely biased towards men upon women when they have fought so hard to get the rights they have today. For me, this is yet another example of how fundamentally sexist society still is.
According to CBS News, at the Georgia bill signing, Governor Brian Kemp "recognized that the bill will likely be "challenged in the court of law" but said Georgia will "always continue to fight for life." '
At the signing of the bill, Kemp claimed that "Georgia is a state that values life. We protect the innocent, we champion the vulnerable, we stand up and speak for those that are unable to speak for themselves."
But the passing of such a bill is not be 'protecting', 'championing', 'standing up' or 'speaking' for women. In fact, it completely overlooks their voices and devalues their lives.
The state has faced a major backlash since the announcement of the bill, with actress Alyssa Milano calling for a 'sex strike'.
Our reproductive rights are being erased.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 11, 2019
Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy.
JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back.
I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on. pic.twitter.com/uOgN4FKwpg
Although many are in uproar about this issue, there are many more states that are putting pressure on women and doing everything they can to make the option of abortion as difficult as possible. Many women already have to travel hundreds of miles to get a safe abortion, with a large percentage not being able to afford the trip. For more information on this see The New York Times' podcast 'The Daily'.Alongside the news breaking in America, we all need to turn our attention to what's happening in our neighbour, Northern Ireland. There, 'women who have an abortion... can face life in jail'.
This is one of those moments in history where everyone needs to come together. Men, just as importantly, you need to speak out and say this is not ok.
For the people in power who think they can get away with this, the women of the world are coming for you.