I've said before that I don't talk about abortion much because that subject is pretty well covered already. But I think the real reason might be because I feel a sense of despair over the subject. The most virulent anti-choicers cannot be reasoned with in any sense of the word and they and politicians happy to use them for votes are never going to stop pushing their agenda to stop all legal abortions and propel us into a future worse than anything in the past.
The anti-choice legislation happening in this country right now is not going to send us back. It's worse than that. These bills are seeking not only to outlaw any abortion, but to imprison women for having miscarriages and stillbirths, which mostly happens to poor women of color, especially black women. This is an excuse to throw more of the most marginalized people in this country in prison so they can be used for slave labor. It's a win-win for Republicans, who are happy to use the brainwashed anti-choice population for this purpose.
And with the SCOTUS as it is, with at least one vile rapist on the bench, I don't know how we can possibly stop it. I guess all we can do is start creating underground ways for people in red states to get the abortions they need. It's not going to be easy with bills that will even criminalize attempts to cross state lines to get abortions.
Georgia Women Could Receive Death Penalty for Abortion as State's Maternal Death Rate Rises
HB 481, which will go into effect in 2020, classifies fetuses with fetal pole cardiac activity as persons under the law. This “heartbeat abortion ban” goes much further than merely banning abortion, however. It also:
- Counts fetuses in the Census.
- May make it a homicide to “kill” a fetus, since fetuses are now persons. Georgia criminalizes homicide with the death penalty or life in prison.
- May make it a criminal conspiracy to help a woman travel across state lines to get an abortion. This is because fetuses are now people, killing them is now homicide, and so traveling to commit a homicide is a crime.
- Requires physicians to report abortions. This could mean that a doctor is required to report her patient if the patient gets an out of state abortion.
Also, remember that the term "fetus heartbeat bill" is a misnomer. A six-week old EMBRYO (an embryo doesn't become a fetus until 9 to 11 weeks after conception) does not have a heart and the movement detected at six weeks is the umbilical cord vibrating. But none of that matters to anti-choicers anyway. Reality, honesty, and facts don't matter to people brainwashed into thinking that aborting a pea-sized little nub with less sentience than a fly is "murder."
The Georgia bill is what most people are talking about, but check out this fuckery going on in Ohion right now:
New Ohio Bill Would Ban Most Private Insurance Coverage Of Abortion
Talk about burying the lede.
The bill would ban nontherapeutic abortions that include "drugs or devices used to prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum.”
Becker says the bill also speaks to coverage of ectopic or tubal pregnancies where the fertilized egg attaches outside of the womb.
“Part of that treatment would be removing that embryo from the fallopian tube and reinserting it in the uterus so that is defined as not an abortion under this bill," Becker explains.
Okay, let's start with the less horrific part of this. The language prohibiting "drugs or devices used to prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum"? That's all hormonal birth control. That's what hormonal birth control does. It prevents the uterus from being in a state where implantation is possible. It may also prevent the release of eggs but it always also prevents implantation in case an ovum is released anyway for whatever reason.
Now let's talk about this shit: “Part of that treatment would be removing that embryo from the fallopian tube and reinserting it in the uterus so that is defined as not an abortion under this bill."
Hey, Becker. What the FUCK are you EVEN TALKING ABOUT???
“That doesn’t exist in the realm of treatment for ectopic pregnancy," argues says Jaime Miracle, deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. "You can’t just re-implant. It’s not a medical thing."
It's not just that this bill, clearly written and promoted by utterly uneducated and clueless cis men who didn't even bother to glance at fucking Web MD or some shit before drafting a bill that will kill pregnant people, 100% absolutely people will die from this.
She says, under this bill, women would have to wait until their very lives were in danger to get an abortion in the case of an ectopic pregnancy.
“This bill will have grave impacts on Ohio’s infant and maternal mortality rates," Miracle says.
Ectopic and tubal pregnancies are extremely dangerous to the pregnant person and must be aborted or the pregnant person WILL DIE.
Becker. You absolute fucking wanker. I'm so mad I've gone British.
“When you get into the contraception and abortifacients, that’s clearly not my area of expertise, but I suppose, if it were true that what we typically known as the pill would be classified as an abortifacient, then I would imagine the drug manufacturers would reformulate it so it’s no longer an abortifacient and is strictly a contraceptive," Becker says.
CLEARLY this is not your area of expertise but you're pushing a shit bill on it anyway. Drug manufacturers can't just REFORMULATE birth control pills that have been on the market for many decades to fit your absurd and fresh-out-of-the-ass definitions of "abortifacient" and "contraceptive." The term "contraceptive" has always included preventing fertilized eggs from implanting. The people of Ohio can't and won't wait for drug makers to somehow "reformulate" their drugs so that they only prevent the egg from being released or whatever, and even if they could do that, eggs will get out anyway and more abortions will happen, only they'll be unsafe so more (mostly poor) people will die.
But that's what you want, isn't it?
It's just incredible and so fucking Republican to create a bill requiring medical procedures that don't exist and centering on shit you have zero understanding of. Just.
Why don't you just shoot women directly in the face? It would save so much time and have the same effect.