The fact that the Alabama bill did not include an exception for cases of incest and rape — one of the most controversial aspects of the text — was “a reason why we supported it,” Mullins said. “If you believe all life is sacred, then there is no exception. Incest and rape abortions are designed to protect the perpetrator by hiding who they are.”
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The argument that women should have agency over choices concerning their bodies is not one she subscribes to: “It’s a personal choice whether you want to be a prostitute, but most countries legislate against that. It’s a personal choice whether you want to not wear your seat belt, but our government has a law to demand that you wear it and punish you if you don’t. The government tells us everyday what to do with our bodies.”
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Indeed, the legislation “is about exerting power and control over pregnant people,” according to Elizabeth Nash, “to prevent them from taking full agency of their lives and futures.” Nash, senior state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks reproductive rights in the US, highlighted a concerted state-by-state effort to see reproductive legislation challenged at the country’s top court.
“2019 has become the year where anti-abortion politicians have fully admitted that their ultimate agenda is banning abortion outright, at any stage in pregnancy and for any reason. Whether it’s through bans at 20, 18, 12 or six weeks, or a total ban like the bill under consideration in Alabama, all these various paths led to the same goal — advancing abortion restrictions to the US Supreme Court in the hopes that an increasingly conservative court will undermine or even overturn Roe,” Nash said.