If there’s a place that wants your uterus to go fuck itself, it’s Alabama, which is in the process of passing a law banning abortion clinics to operate within 2,000 feet of a public school. Because, you know—reproductive rights and education don’t mix.
According to AP Online:
The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 79-15 for the proposal to ban clinics within 2,000 feet of a public K-12 school. The state would not license or renew a license for clinics within that distance. The bill now moves to the state Senate, where it faces an uncertain outlook with five meeting days remaining in the legislative session.
As we previously reported, there are only 17 hospitals in the entire state of Alabama that can actually deliver a baby—and the state only has five abortion clinics as it is. For a population of just under 5 million people.
When you live in a progressive place like Massachusetts, as I do, it’s so easy to take for granted access to decent healthcare and basic reproductive rights (which are protested regularly outside of almost every Planned Parenthood in the area)—and yet hearing about stories like this make me realize just how good I have it, and, conversely, how scary it is that my own rights, no matter where I live, are just a few votes away from being revoked at any given time.
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