The Republican war on women in Alabama has reached epic ridiculousness
Abortion is a right in the United States. Women in the United States have a legal right to abortion procedures, as decided by Roe v. Wade in 1973. Yet, every day we hear stories about attacks on these rights and they get worse by the day. After reading this story, if you still think there’s no war on women then I’m not sure how else to convince you.
There is a case unfolding in Alabama which has sparked anger among progressives. An incarcerated woman known only as “Jane Doe”, has been denied an abortion by an Alabama court which has led to a lawsuit. The case of Jane Doe turns out to be worse than it sounds already.
Jane Doe has a legal right to an abortion procedure, even though the closest clinic for this procedure is located in Huntsville, over seventy miles from her current location. Alabama authorities have so far denied her requests to travel to Huntsville for an abortion, which has garnered a lawsuit on behalf of Doe.
What’s frustrating about the case is that so little is known about who Jane Doe is and her circumstances. We don’t even really know why she is in jail to begin with, only that she may have possibly been a drug addict. This is assumed because of reports that she was arrested based on an Alabama law designed to protect children from industrial chemicals.
In Alabama, this law is twisted by right-wingers to include fetuses as “children” and recreational drugs as part of a “dangerous chemical” classification. Essentially, it is illegal to be pregnant and have drugs in your system in Alabama. We aren’t even sure what drug was in her system when she was arrested. For all we know, she could have smoked a joint. Yet, Alabama has locked her up rather than help her perceived addiction.
This case is especially disturbing because of the irony surrounding it. Jane Doe’s right to a legal abortion is not only under heavy assault, but we are faced with the blatant hypocrisy of the so called “pro-life” Republicans. Alabama is considering taking away her parental rights, going so far as to give her fetus a lawyer. I’m not kidding. Jane Doe’s fetus has legal representation on its “behalf.”
It’s clear that the wishes of the mother are not considered at all here, and that Alabama is doing everything to keep her from her legal right until it’s too late. Of course, once Doe has the baby, then those same Republicans would do nothing to adopt or help take of the infant. No, they’ll just be glad to see the baby dumped in foster care, and expect it to pull itself up by the bootstraps it doesn’t have yet.
Republicans only care about a child before its born. Afterwards, they could care less what happens. They especially have no concern for viable lives, unless they are unborn. This is true for Jane Doe, of course. Her wishes are of no concern to Alabama. Based on what we know, she really shouldn’t be in jail to begin with.
Because we know so little of Jane Doe and her actual case, we can only go on what little has been revealed. Based on the accounts so far, Jane Doe is yet another victim of the Republican crusade against abortion rights. Hopefully her full story will be known one day. Hopefully it won’t be too late. As of last month in Alabama, it is illegal to have an abortion past 20 weeks.
So let’s summarize shall we? A woman in Alabama is in prison, presumably for having drugs in her system while being pregnant with a baby she doesn’t want. Not only are they preventing her from having the abortion by taking away her parental rights, she may not get out in time to have one legally in Alabama.
On a somewhat positive note, the Republican attempt to defund Planned Parenthood has been temporarily blocked in the Senate. Yet, I stress “temporarily.” The Republicans don’t give up very easy on issues like this. Much like their dozens upon dozens of tries at repealing Obamacare, the Planned Parenthood attack will come up again.
The plight of Jane Doe is but one of many examples of the war on women, but her’s is a shockingly blatant example of how cruel this war can be. What’s even more shocking is the potential that many more women like her could be incarcerated in Alabama. Despite whether she had a drug problem or not, Jane Doe’s legal rights are under assault, and the very reason she’s in jail is ridiculous.
Hopefully this issue is not as widespread as I fear, but it is clear that so-called “moral” Republicans are driving nails into women’s reproductive rights.