Women of color and poor women will be disproportionately affected by new restrictions across the US, opponents say
On the floor of the Alabama state senate this week, a robotic voice read nine pages of legalese that would define a new reality for women in the state: abortion would be a crime, starting from the moment a woman knows she is pregnant. Doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison.
Then senators names were called one by one, and they cast their votes. There were 25 yes votes, enough for the bill to pass easily. Every single one was cast by a white man.
Those most hurt by the ban, by contrast, will be women of color and poor women, advocates say.
For those with the means, it doesnt matter that Alabama bans it. Theyre going to find another state, find another country, said the state senator Linda Coleman-Madison, one of four black Democrats who spent hours denouncing the bill before it passed overwhelmingly. Pictures of Coleman-Madison, her head in her hand, became a symbol of the proceedings.
We all know about the back alleys, the basements. People will try going online now. Thats going to be very popular now: how can you mix a concoction to have an abortion? People are going to have abortions. The problem is, its going to always be unsafe, inaccessible for those people who have lesser means, she said.