Victoria Ivie / Courier An illustration to point out the hypocrisy of putting stricter restrictions on abortion laws but doing nothing for the millions of other children suffering.
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The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise  thereof, thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.” Enshrined in our Constitution is the belief that government should not legislate according to religion over non-religion, nor favor a particular faith over others.

In the past weeks, the state of Alabama and it’s Governor have forgotten what “separation of church and state” means. Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi have successfully passed so-called heartbeat bills that generally ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Alabama, however, has decided to to go against Roe vs. Wade and pass the most restrictive abortion law in the country. The ban makes abortion illegal in all cases — including cases of rape and incest — and the doctors who perform the abortions face up to 99 years in prison.

“Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” said Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.

If “every life” is truly “a sacred gift from God,” as Governor Ivey claims, the children from illegal immigrants should not be separated from their families. Children should not be put into shelters, where they sleep on the floor and have nothing to keep them warm. Pro-lifers are quick to enact a law that derails women rights, but are so hesitant to confer this mercy to migrant children or pass restrictive gun laws to combat gun violence in schoolyards.  

There are rapists who are getting lesser sentencing than the doctors who perform abortions. Stanford student athlete Brock Turner was found guilty of raping an unconscious woman on March 30th 2016. He was sentenced to six months confinement in the Santa Clara County jail. Turner only served three months in jail.

Tennessee Pastor David Lynn Richards was convicted of repeatedly raping his 14 year old daughter over four years. The prosecutor recommended 72 years in prison. The judge felt he was a good Christian and gave him 12 years instead.

Additionally, essentially banning abortion will only lead to women getting unsafe abortions instead, potentially leading to deadly consequences. Instead of banning abortions they should make birth control more accessible to women. Condoms are sold at every drugstore or even given out for free at college campuses. While on the other hand women have to have birth control prescribed by a doctor and pay a ridiculous amount of money to obtain it.

“I will be attacked by fellow conservatives for saying this but so be it, this Alabama abortion ban is too restrictive. It doesn’t save life, it simply forces women into more dangerous methods, other states or countries. You don’t encourage life via blanket government mandate!” tweeted conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren.

Not your body. Not your choice. There is no justification needed. There should be no reason that a man should be making such a fundamental decision that concerns a WOMAN’S body!

Women are slowly losing their rights. Instead of going forward, the U.S is going backwards.

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