Abortion is still legal in Alabama and Georgia, but you wouldn’t know it from the rapid spread of misinformation and alarming headlines following the passage of two of the most extreme abortion bans in the nation.
On Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a measure banning all abortions at any point during gestation, except in cases where the woman’s life is in danger. The law is the nation’s strictest abortion ban. Just a few days before, Georgia became the fourth state this year alone to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat (which is not a real “heartbeat” at all, according to doctors) is detected.
In the rush to address these extreme measures, which pose an obvious threat to women’s reproductive freedom, many have painted images of a Handmaid’s Tale -esque dystopia. The problem is that this is not an accurate picture. In fact, failing to report accurate information about Alabama and Georgia’s abortion bans is already hurting patients in these states.
“Abortion is still legal in all the states that have passed abortion bans,” Quita Tinsley, deputy director of ARC-Southeast, told Refinery29. “[But the misinformation] scares people; they think they are no longer able to have abortions. …read more