To the surprise of partisan politicians and voters everywhere, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz have appeared to team up on the issue of over-the-counter birth control. Despite their shared goal, their reasonings for over-the-counter birth control are quite different from each other. AOC supports it because she sees it as a way to expand women’s access to healthcare. Ted Cruz sees it as the alternative to a heavily socialized healthcare system. They both have good intentions. However, they are both tragically wrong. Over-the-counter birth control is not a utopic savior of women’s reproductive rights. It also is a drastic simplification of how a free-market healthcare system would operate. Over-the-counter birth control is indeed one of the easiest ways to put women’s health at risk.
With controversial laws being passed in states like Rhode Island and Georgia, both sides of the abortion debate seem to be gearing up for a national clash. Under most circumstances, I would recommend that more conversation is the best method to combat the inevitable whirlwind of belligerence. But, I can no longer in good conscience do the same when it comes to abortion.
Since Governor Brain Kemp signed the “Heartbeat Bill” into law, Hollywood actors and producers have threatened a boycott of Georgia. One tweet from Alyssa Milano gave the list of many actors that are boycotting the state.
The list includes notable names like Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell, Ben Stiller, and many more. Jason Bateman has also announced that he will no longer work in the State of Georgia. What’s even more threatening for the state is that Netflix announced it may need to “rethink” their operations in Georgia, and they will work with the ACLU to fight this law. Disney has also announced that they are considering leaving the state, stating that it would be “very difficult” to continue working in Georgia.
Pope Francis has recently come out against the practice of abortion due to the heated debate that has been sparked in the United States. Francis compared the practice to the hiring of a hitman to kill someone. The 266th Pope of the Catholic Church has made it very clear he is against any kind of death.
Earlier this month, Alabama and Georgia both passed controversial anti-abortion legislation. The “heartbeat laws”, which outlaw abortion once the fetus has a heartbeat. In the wake of such, pro-choice women have been lighting up social media. Notably, false reports that the Alabama heartbeat law would prosecute women for miscarriages made the rounds on the news cycle. The bill would only pull a woman into an investigation if there was suspicion someone else had performed an abortion on her. This bit of misinformation contributes to media fear mongering, and somewhat humorously, some Twitter users calling for a “Sex Strike.”