Alabama’s Near-Total Abortion Ban Applies to Cases of Incest and Rape: Women Flood Social Media to Share Their Abortion Stories With #YouKnowMe
Alabama's near-total ban on abortion (Photo Credits: Twitter and Pixabay)

If you have not been living under a rock all this while, you know that the 54th governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey signed the state's near-total abortion ban on Tuesday, 14th of May. The near-complete ban on abortion has been surrounded by controversies, ever since the subject was raised. The law has been hailed as the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed in the United States since Roe v. Wade,1973 ( A fundamental "right to privacy" that protects a pregnant woman's freedom to choose whether or not to have an abortion). The near-total ban on abortion, restricts all kinds of abortions except if one is taken in order to save the life of the mother. House Bill 314 called the "Human Life Protection Act" provides an exception only when "abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk" faced by the woman carrying the baby.

What makes it even controversial is that it criminalizes abortions taken place in any other circumstances mentioned above, as a Class A felony. It can be punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors to carry out the abortion procedures. Whereas "abortions attempted" will be considered as a Class C penalty. The bill clearly has no exceptions for women who get impregnated because of rape or incest cases. No legal way to abort the baby, even if the woman is a victim of rape. What needs to be noted is that each one of the votes in favour of the bill was a white Republican male. This even made American actress, producer, activist, Alyssa Milano to tweet "Not one uterus. NOT ONE UTERUS," with the news of abortion ban. Alyssa Milano’s Sex Strike to Protest Wave of Anti-abortion Bills, Spark Debates on Twitter.

Alyssa Milano's tweet:

Along with Alyssa Milano, other celebs and politicians are also furiously backlashing at the decision. Hundreds of women have taken to Twitter to share their abortion stories with the #youknowme. Some even tweeted #shoutyourabortion in response to the Senate decision, while the Democrats vow to "fight like hell" to overturn the decision.

Actress Jameela Jamil shared her abortion story too on Twitter and criticised the abortion law ferociously. In a thread of tweets, she wrote ‘It was the best decision I have ever made,' defending her abortion.

Jameela Jamil's tweet against the ban:

Take a look at the tweets against the near-total abortion ban in Alabama:

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Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp signed the law the state's, "fetal heartbeat" bill, just last week. The bill prohibits abortions after a heartbeat is detected in an embryo. In a normal pregnancy, the heartbeat is detected five to six weeks into a pregnancy.