Yesterday was a very dark day for the history of Georgia, as the Senate approved a bill called the “fetal pain bill” by Republicans. This bill now criminalizes abortion after 20 weeks, thus chipping away at Roe v. Wade. Yes, Georgia has declared war on women. Former criminal Republican Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign the bill which does not contain rape or incest exemptions.
This type of blatant misogyny proves that Georgia — like many other states — is on the wrong side of history. The right wing Republicans (mostly male) are doing everything in their power to undermine Roe v. Wade and are sending the message that women are not to be trusted with their own bodies. I wonder what it would be like if men had to experience this type of hate and patriarchy–if men were policed at all times and told that we are not to be trusted with our genitalia. What would it be like if men were to be considered criminals for using their penises for something other than procreation?
The bill that Georgia has passed is not only misogynistic, but it is also racist and classist. Women of means will be able to travel to a safe state to have an abortion, while poorer women and women of color will continue to be held hostage by white wealthy men. Shame on Georgia!