The passing of House Bill 314 in Alabama that criminalizes abortions is polarizing the nation, but American film director Ava DuVernay is encouraging people to take action.
The unconstitutional bill sponsored by State Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur) applies to pregnant women regardless of age and towards rape and incest victims.
HB 314 is also one of many nationwide measures aimed at reversing Roe v. Wade – 1973's U.S. Supreme Court decision that protected a woman's right to choose.
DuVernay's posted an urgent reminder as a response to Wednesday's controversial decision.
"Don't move forward after reading this like everything is normal. Don't shake your head at Alabama and then keep going about your day."
The Wrinkle In Time director expressed that what happened in Alabama is only the beginning.
"Realize that this is a warning. It's Alabama and abortion today. It's you and your rights tomorrow. Your silence will not save you. So speak up."
The post became a powerful thread with users vehemently voicing their opposition to HB 314 and encouraging others to vote.
The chamber rejected an amendment to make an exception for women who are victims of rape and incest by a 21 to 11 vote.
The bill will only allow abortions if the pregnant woman's life is threatened.
Doctors performing abortions would be charged with a class A felony and could face up to 99 years in prison, while those attempting to perform the procedure would be charged with a Class C felony punishable for up to ten years in prison.
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Sen. Clyde Chambliss, (R-Prattville), who is the bill's sponsor, claimed that the decision could have an impact on the state "as well as the nation."
"It could have an impact on millions of as yet unborn children."
But what about the mothers? Who is speaking for them?
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DuVernay is onto something here, and it is vital than ever not to remain silent on the passage of this heinous legislation.