You may not recall that Brett Kavanaugh was actually an unpopular choice among conservatives when he was announced. They feared he was too wishy-washy. All of that changed when they discovered the sexual misconduct allegations. Overnight, they went from milquetoast support to backing his nomination more fiercely than any that came prior. Why was that?
Let’s be honest. It’s not because they believe he didn’t do it. It’s precisely because they believe he did. It’s because rape and limiting abortion have something very strong in common: both are about control over women. That’s when their support changed and they knew he was their guy.
With Kavanaugh replacing Kennedy on SCOTUS, Roe v. Wade may be overturned—no matter what the imbecile GOP Senator from Maine promised. The only missing piece was the legal challenge.
That’s why Alabama went all in. Banning abortions in almost ALL circumstances. No exception for rape. No exception for incest. The exceptions are only for the health of the mother and in instances where the fetus has “fatal anomalies.” These “anomalies” basically mean it would make them unlikely to survive outside of the womb.
The only real exception, I think, is if you are the wife, daughter, or mistress of an Alabama GOP politician.
But is this law really about abortion?
No, it never was.
After all, if stopping abortion was the primary issue, then the rightwing Alabama legislators would make sex education a priority. They’d fight for access to contraception and birth control. In fact, those same legislators who supported this awful law are the same legislators who fought against all of those things.
At the very least, these politicians could have supported actions that would make it easier for Alabama women to have children. Yet every single action they have taken actually promote abortion—from cutting food stamps, to gutting children’s health care, and refusing to take action against rampant price gouging for child care.
Is this law about life beginning at conception?
That’s complete BS. How do I know? Because when it was pointed out that this law would ban in vitro fertilization in Alabama because that involves destroying fertilized embryos, the law was changed to exempt those. Why?
Because Alabama State Senator Clyde Chambliss admitted this wasn’t about “life.” Instead, he actually admitted what this was all about: “The egg in the lab doesn’t apply. It’s not in a woman. She’s not pregnant.”