RPDR queen Phi Phi O’Hara shares abortion story to challenge new bills

Phi Phi O'Hara

RuPaul’s Drag Race queen Phi Phi O’Hara has weighed in on the conversation about abortion rights by sharing a personal story.

The drag performer, whose real name is Jaremi Carey, has appeared on RPDR Season 4 and All Star Season 2.

‘When I was 15, my girlfriend got pregnant’

In a four-part Twitter thread, the queen recalled an incident occurred when she was 15.

‘When I was 15…. My girlfriend(16) and I found out she became pregnant. Told our parents, made the decision whatever she wants to do it is her body, but either way I am here for all options. She ended up having an abortion,’ Phi Phi O’Hara wrote.

O’ Hara continued: ‘We were lucky to be able to have an open, honest, intelligent conversation about how we could not bring a life into this world that we could not give our fullest devotion and proper life they deserve and should have. I feel so bad for anyone who can not have these conversations or circle of help like we did.’

‘These new bills are absolutely inhumane and are forcing people to bring a life up no matter the situation including rape and incest. These decisions are made in majority by white men who should bear the same responsibility for a child…..but puts all responsibility and punishment on the woman.’

‘These decisions on their bodies are just that…the woman’s to do with what they want. No one especially a group of men who blindly and so ignorantly speak on this subject should forever be silenced on the matter. Support women! Stand with them, protect them!’ O’Hara concluded.

‘Also by saying “Protect” I don’t mean it in a way that means they can’t do it on their own. So I hope it doesn’t come off that way. I am saying we are all human and if we have a voice and power… and we all do….use it to protect each other and our rights.’

The most restrictive abortion bills in the US

Many celebrities are expressing their pro-choice views publicly to start a conversation and put pressure on lawmakers.

Lawmakers in Alabama and Georgia recently passed controversial abortion bills directly challenging the historic Roe v. Wade case, which decriminalized abortion in 1973.

In Alabama, the Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 to pass HB314 on 15 May. If signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey, the law would jail doctors for 99 for performing an abortion. Moreover, HB314 would not allow abortion even in the case or rape or incest.

Earlier this month, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the United States, set to go into effect in January 2020.

The so-called ‘Heartbeat Bill’ will ban abortions after doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat. This usually occurs around six weeks into the pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant.

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Alabama Passes Near Total Abortion Ban in Bid to Trigger Challenge to ‘Roe V Wade’

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

Alabama’s legislature has passed the nation’s strictest ban on abortions in a bid to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade.

AL.com reports: ‘The Senate tonight voted 25-6 to pass a bill to make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion. The bill is a priority for the Legislature’s Republican majority. Tonight’s vote sends it to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, who could sign it into law.’

The NYT reports: “The legislation bans abortions at every stage of pregnancy and criminalizes the procedure for doctors, who could be charged with felonies and face up to 99 years in prison. It includes an exception for cases when the mother’s life is at serious risk, but not for cases of rape or incest — a subject of fierce debate among lawmakers in recent days.”

CNN adds: “The state’s Republican backers have pushed the legislation, which amounts to a near-total ban on abortion in the state, forward with the express goal of overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case legalizing abortion. Alabama lawmakers join legislators in several other states in putting forth legislation to restrict abortion, such as Georgia’s recent fetal heartbeat bill.”

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Alabama passes most restrictive abortion laws in the United States

lawmakers in the alabama senate

Alabama has just passed a controversial abortion bill making it the US state with the most restrictive abortion laws.

The Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 to pass HB 314, which would jail doctors for 99 for performing an abortion.

HB314 would not allow abortion even in the case or rape or incest. The only instances a woman could have an abortion would be ‘to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother’ and if the ‘unborn child has a lethal anomaly’.

Democrats tried to pass an amendment to the bill which would have allowed abortion in the case of incest or rape. But legislators voted down that amendment 11-6.

Republican Terri Collins sponsored the bill, saying the aim of the bill was to spark a new debate on abortion. By passing HB314 Alabama lawmakers have directly challenged the historic Roe v. Wade case. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled a woman’s right to privacy gave her the liberty to have an abortion.

Lawmakers in Alabama and Georgia – which also recently passed a controversial abortion bill – hope to move litigation through the court system, to eventually reach the Supreme Court and challenge Roe v. Wade.

What happens now?

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey now has two weeks to sign the bill into law which would come into effect six months after she signs it. Ivey has not expressed her opinion on the bill, but has expressed anti-abortion views in the passed. It is expected she will sign it.

Legal advocacy group, he ACLU (America Civil Liberties Union) vowed to challenge the law.

‘Abortion is NOT a crime — it’s a constitutional right. We will sue to stop this law from ever taking effect,’ the group right on Twitter.

Abortion is a crucial health concern also for LGBTI women who have higher rates of younger pregnancies and are also being denied healthcare under the US President Donald Trump administration.

Author: Shannon Power

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