#YouKnowMe Is The Viral Hashtag Latinas Are Using To Tell Their Freeing Abortion Stories After Alabama Lawmakers Passed One Of The Most Extreme Abortion Bans In The Country
State leaders in Alabama voted to outlaw abortion in their state. The bill, which was approved by the majority last night, prohibits abortion in almost every case except if the mother’s life is in extreme danger. That means if a child or adult get raped by a stranger or family member, they must still carry the baby to full-term. The bill now has to be signed by the governor, and she is presumably going to do so. Thankfully the court system is on the sides of women because, under the 14th amendment, abortion is legal in the U.S. and will continue to be as long as advocates keep fighting for it. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said they would take all of the bills trying to ban abortion — and there are now several states.
To bring attention to the abortion issue, women on social media are sharing their stories under the hashtag #YouKnowMe.
The movement first began when actress and late-night host, Busy Phillips shared her abortion story on her show “Busy Tonight.” After the Alabama abortion ban was approved, she tweeted that others should share their story as well.
Filmmaker and co-founder of the Women’s March, Paola Mendoza share that her mother had an abortion.
“In light of the abortion ban in Alabama, it is imperative that we tell our stories about abortions,” Mendoza said on Instagram. “I have posted this story several times already. It may be new for some of you. For others, it is a story that you have read. Regardless it is a story that must continue to be told because our right to choose is being taken away from us. Share your abortion story. There is power is telling your truth.”
Other Latinas have shared that their decision to follow through with abortion came as a result of sexual assault.
Under the new Alabama law, if doctors performed an abortion on a woman that was raped, they would get 99 years in prison.
One revealed that she simply did not feel financially or emotionally ready at the time.
Who would benefit from a baby being born to someone who is not ready?
Another revealed that following through with a pregnancy would have risked her health and likely the fetus’s.
The new Alabama law would allow abortion only if the mother’s life was in danger.
This Latina admitted that she wasn’t a teen mother when she had her abortion. Pregnancy was simply not an option for her.
Abortions are attached with so much stigma and it’s a shame because in so many cases it can save lives.
Planned Parenthood has been the backbone to this cause since day one.
Planned Parenthood has also promised to fight these bans right along with the ACLU.
You don’t need to explain your reasons to no one.
If you weren’t ready to be a mom, enough said.
Young but in charge of her choices.
Taking the right away from a women to choose is simply wrong.
A former drug addict comes clean with her truth.
What a story!
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