Sex boycott flashmob #YouKnowMe: the consequences of the ban on abortion in some states of the USA

16-05-2019 15:05

Conservative decisions threaten historical consequences and will definitely become the subject of major disputes in higher instances.


Rally against abortion law in Atlanta. 
Participants in the costumes of the heroines of the series “The story of the maid” Photo by AP

Immediately in several conservative American states have adopted laws banning abortion. Thousands of citizens are against the restrictions, including Hollywood celebrities: some of them go to rallies, others participate in online protest flash mobs.  talks about the essence of the laws and explains whether it is realistic to challenge them in higher instances.

“Heartbeat Act” in Georgia

On May 7, the governor of the US state of Georgia, Brian Kemp, signed a law that prohibits intentionally terminating a pregnancy, if the fetal heartbeat can already be heard — usually after six weeks. Exceptions are made for those cases where there is a threat to the life of the mother, and when the woman has been subjected to violence and reported it to the police.

According to individual human rights activists, the amendments allow interpreting abortion as a premeditated murder with a similar punishment. However, the bill does not provide clarity on this score. It is also not clear how the actions of women who committed a medical abortion will be interpreted. Critics of the bill also notice that most women in the sixth week of pregnancy often do not even know that they are in the position.

This is a forced pregnancy bill. This is a bill banning medical care.Crystal RedmanCEO Spark Reproductive Justice Now

Georgia is not the first state to sharply tighten restrictions on abortions in recent years. In April, the second trimester of pregnancy was actually banned in Indiana , and Ohio passed a law banning early abortions from the moment when the embryo’s heartbeat can be distinguished.

Hollywood vs

The resentment that began in social networks was supported by celebrities, including men – for example, among them JJ Abrams and Jordan Peel, who filmed TV series “Lovecraft Country” in Georgia. They promised to give their producer fees to public organizations opposing the law.

The actress Alyssa Milano, who had launched the sensational flashmob about violence #MeToo two years before, was particularly active in the fight against the bill . This time, she urged women to boycott: to completely abandon sex, to avoid the risk of pregnancy. The actress also threatened to leave the “Insatiable” show, which is produced in Georgia, and promised to make every effort so that the shooting was moved to another place.

American journalists have noted that the influence of celebrities can have real consequences for the fate of the bill, as many films are being filmed in the state of Georgia, including Marvel films and a number of major TV series (“The Walking Dead”, “Very Weird Things”). A suitable example dates back to 2016: then state governor Nathan Deal came under pressure from Disney, Netflix, Sony and Time Warner, who promised to withdraw the business from Georgia if the law on restricting LGBT rights was adopted. Soon the authorities imposed a veto on the project.

Abortion law in alabama

On May 15, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a law that prohibits women from performing abortions at all stages of pregnancy and for any reason — even if conception was caused by rape or incest. It will take effect six months after the date of signing.

According to this law, only doctors will be criminally responsible for terminating a pregnancy. They face up to 99 years in prison; but only those who tried to have an abortion – up to 10 years.

As in Georgia, celebrities comment on the situation in Alabama. Lady Gaga called thelaw “outrageous,” especially stressing that “more severe punishment is provided for doctors who terminate the pregnancy than for most rapists.”

TV anchor Stephen Colbert called the law “too intense” a viral ad for The Maid’s Tale (a series in which women forcibly conceive and bear children for rich, infertile families — ).

#YouKnowMe flashmob

On May 15, actress and TV presenter Bisi Phillips (Dawson’s Bay, City of Predators) launched a flashmob with the #YouKnowMe tag (you know me) dedicated to the topic of abortion.

Every fourth woman had an abortion. Many people think that they do not know anyone who would interrupt a pregnancy, but you know me.Bisi Phillipsactress

She called on women who terminated the pregnancy to honestly tell about it and support the tag. Her example was followed by many users of social networks and some stars – for example, Mila Jovovich (“The Fifth Element”) and Lena Hidi (“The Game of Thrones”).

Abortion is the best nightmare. No woman wants to go through this. But we must fight to ensure that our rights are maintained in order to receive safe assistance if we need it. I would never want to talk about this experience. But I cannot be silent when so much is at stake.Milla Jovovichactress

Summary: brief state of affairs

At the time of publication of this material, artificial termination of pregnancy remains legal throughout the United States. At the same time in some regions there are restrictions, mainly related to the procedures or with the terms of gestation.

Abortions have been legalized at the federal level since 1973 by the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Roe v. Wade, and the new laws are likely to be appealedto the Constitutional and Supreme Courts, and a moratorium will be established at this time. In June 2016, the Supreme Court declared the abortion law in Texas unconstitutional. However, the situation changed in favor of opponents of abortion after the appointment of two conservative judges – Neil Gorsach and Brett Kavano – after him on the side of the conservatives in the Supreme Court established a numerical advantage.

Opponents of abortion as the main arguments put forward religious precepts and ideas that a person’s life begins from the moment of conception. Supporters of abortion emphasize that the embryo cannot be considered a full-fledged person, and women have the right to dispose of their own body. They argue that in the event of a ban, women will not cease to interrupt pregnancies, but will begin to do this bypassing the law, which can lead to increased mortality due to criminal “underground” operations.

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