“Lawmakers aren’t protecting victims of sexual assault, incest, or sexual coercion,” said Leigh Bancroft, rally organizer and creator of the feminist podcast FemmSouth.
“Some of these women, including myself, are having to revisit these traumas as the nation debates control over our own bodies,” she said. “Politicians, religious leaders, and lawmakers don’t seem to care at all. They aren’t interested in protecting women or victims. This is why I’m here today.”
Alabama Democratic State Chair Chris England said laws passed by our Republican legislature will render abortion services illegal in Alabama. Abortion would be a felony that could leave doctors facing up to 99 years in prison for providing medical care to their patients, he said.
“Yet again, Republican legislators and appointed judges think they should be sitting between you and your doctor while making medical decisions,” State Rep. England said.
Local reaction to the Roe revelation was swift and strong.
“Life, liberty and he pursuit of happiness are all reflected in the right to choose and this opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade is an assault on all three,” said Richard Brackner, Democratic candidate for State House of Representatives District 95.
“Life, because the U.S. has an abysmal maternal mortality rate. It’s the highest in the developed world.”
“Liberty, because the right to choose is a liberty – plain and simple.”
“And the pursuit of happiness because women should be able to choose whether to pursue the mantle of motherhood or abstain from it,” Brackner said.
Right now, Baldwin County women have to travel to New Orleans or Montgomery to access a safe abortion, he said.
“We cannot make it harder and more dangerous for women to exercise such an important freedom,” Brackner said.
Susan Miller posted on Facebook:
“No exceptions for rape or incest, that’s what this Supreme Court has decided. The court will force a rape victim to carry the child of her rapist. The court will force a 10-year-old to carry a child. Sit with those two things – the women of America have lost autonomy over our bodies.”
England predicts Republican politicians will claim the groundbreaking decision as a win for “life” in a state with high infant mortality rates, a maternal mortality crisis, and countless other public health crises.
“They refuse to expand Medicaid, providing free lifesaving healthcare access to Alabama families – or do anything else that actually sanctifies life for Alabamians. Now, their law will block abortion access in Alabama, negatively affecting women with the fewest resources the most,” England said in a release.