Plan B: Abortion in America
Those risking everything to protect a woman's right to choose
When the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, millions of American women lost access to abortion. Fourteen states immediately criminalized abortions, including the republican stronghold of Alabama.
The day Roe v Wade was overturned, Alabama criminalized abortion. 'This is really dangerous for people. People are going to die', says Dr Sanithia Williams, a doctor at one of three clinics in Alabama which have now had to close. Like Williams, many fear that risky ‘backyard’ abortions might become the norm now that medical care is unavailable. Pro-choice activist Kathy Zentner, who worked as a clinic escort, is concerned that birth control may be pro-lifer's next target: 'They like to say that birth control pills and IUDs cause abortion, and they're going after those next'. Alabama has one of the harshest laws against Abortion in the states, with abortion not permitted even in the case of rape or incest. 'How do you determine if it was rape or incest?' says attorney Eric Johnston, who authored Alabama's strict abortion ban. His argument in defence of the extreme nature of the law is that allowing exceptions would mean loopholes would be abused. Thirteen other American states have now banned abortions; a further 26 are expected to ban, or heavily restrict, abortions in the future.FULL SYNOPSIS