There are now several states that have criminalized abortion, not only for women, but for anyone who helps them. Doctors who perform abortions in these states, for any reason, are liable to be imprisoned. In Alabama, doctors are subject to life in prison for performing an abortion in any circumstance.
This is not a new story. We know what happens next. Women will die. More women of color will die, more poor women will die. Women with resources will fly to another state, another country. This is what happens when our bodies are under political control. I am old enough to have seen it before.
For Father’s Day, in lieu of gifts, please contribute whatever you can to Planned Parenthood.
Stephen Duclos , LMFT, CST is a Family Therapist at SSFHC, devoted husband and father, and a long-time advocate for marginalized individuals and groups.