The Supreme Court Ruling I Never Thought I Would Live Without
As someone born in 1996, the concept of an America without the protection of Roe vs. Wade never crossed my mind. Then, in May 2019, Alabama Senators produced a bill that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be determined. This happens at about 6 weeks in the womb…most people don’t know they’re pregnant at six weeks.
“Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi and Ohio stopped short of outright bans, instead passing so-called heartbeat bills that effectively prohibit abortions after six to eight weeks of pregnancy,” Rebecca Lai of The New York Times reports. The general consensus is that these new pieces of legislation are intended to go to the Supreme Court in opposition of Roe v. Wade.
My sense of morbid sense of humor helps me find the “funny enough” moment in most situations. Thankfully, my Twitter feed follows the same ideal, because we all found that the United States is starting to look like the hit series, The Handmaids Tale. I’ve never watched the show, but the common theme between the fictitious series and present-day America is that womxn are forced to carry a fetus to full term.
Republicans want to overturn Roe v. Wade. Particularly, white men in government want to overturn Roe v. Wade. This is America.
In my current country of residence, South Africa, terminating a pregnancy is not only legal, but it is government subsidized too. The most expensive abortion in South Africa costs just shy of R4,000 at Marie Stopes. However, going to a government clinic makes the procedure free. Granted, there are hurdles to get through in South Africa, but that is not the purpose of this article.
In all honesty, I’m not sure what the purpose of this article is anymore. At this point, it feels like I’m simply expressing outrage and shock. I never imagined that I would live in a time where Roe v. Wade comes under siege. However, this is America in 2019. Without knowing what more to do, if you are in the United States, remain strong and vote for leaders that will protect your right to safe abortion. For the men legislating women’s bodies…I have no words.
Finally, for the women caught in the crossfire of your bodies becoming a legislative battlefield, I wish to affirm you. You deserve better. America is failing you, white men in the Senate are failing you, and you deserve better.