Banning abortions is not about protecting babies and it has never been. It has always been about punishing people born with uteri for enjoying or even having sex. Because if banning abortions was really about “babies” aka fertilized eggs for the sane people in the room, the people doing the fertilized egg protection would be invested in ensuring that when this egg actually comes out into the world, it would live a great life. But nope, they don’t. See once the fertilized egg becomes a baby, it is released into this cruel world. The same people who dare to force every uterus carrying member of society to carry their pregnancies to full-term no longer give a fuck about the livelihood of said baby. In fact, these people will go out of their way to make sure this baby has a fucking miserable life once they are born. They don’t believe that this baby deserves to have their life protected when they go to school. No no, they think that this baby’s life being taken by another crazy gun carrying fool is just the price to pay for protecting some constitutional amendment.
These so-called baby protectors don’t think that once a child is born they have a right to healthcare, food or shelter. That’s up to the person who was forced to carry this baby to term to figure it out. And if you are a black fertilized egg, soon to be a black baby, the only time these righteous baby protectors will care about you is when you are in the womb. Actually, scratch that, if you are in the womb of a black person and the cops decide to shoot you, oh well. In other cases, these absolutely full of shit baby protectors will fight for your right to be born, but if a cop shoots you in the face for pulling out your pink plastic gun out of your mickey mouse backpack, you are all on your own buddy. What were you thinking you dumb 7-year-old? Don’t you know that you shouldn’t move or even breathe when you see a cop approaching you? Lest they believe their safety is in jeopardy and they choose to unload their weapon in your little body.
So nope, this is not about protecting babies, this is to make sure that any uterus carrying member of society who dares to have sex for fun must wear a scarlet letter in the form of a swollen belly to pay for their sin of daring to like having sex. In the cases where these abortion bans don’t exclude incest and rape, it’s to guarantee that everyone out there unfortunate enough to be born with a uterus knows their bodies are not theirs. Their bodies belong to the state and whoever decides to force violence upon that body. And if you are even more unfortunate to be a black or brown body with a uterus, an abortion ban is just another excuse for the state to over police your livelihood. They are already over policing all the spaces you inhabit, now they will over police your body. And you best believe that poor, black bodies will bear the brunt and the ire of these abortion bans. Hence, it’s not a shock that both of these bans were evoked by former Confederate states.