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."
Don’t move forward after reading this like everything is normal. Don’t shake your head at Alabama and then keep goi… https://t.co/TapGRQxc9h— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1557902335.0
The post became a powerful thread with users vehemently voicing their opposition to HB 314 and encouraging others to vote.
@ava @SarahKSilverman If this bill is signed into law, women in Alabama become slaves to an unborn fetus. The ball… https://t.co/2Hc3pR2JrX— Grampa Morris (@Grampa Morris)1557907019.0
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.
Here is a challenging perspective.
@ava https://t.co/MJ54cpLyGw— Binford Carter (@Binford Carter)1557918850.0
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?
@ava I cannot understand why in 2019 we have moved so far backwards and are restricting women’s reproductive rights… https://t.co/WAMiqjCdAw— Cleverly Changing (@Cleverly Changing)1557916616.0
@Cleverlychangin @ava The fact that this is more restrictive than the Georgia law says a lot because it’s horrible.… https://t.co/sSbdcVXbKa— Adanna Dill (@Adanna Dill)1557920288.0
@ava Add Alabama to places I’ll never go to. I hope this backwards thinking doesn’t spread. People need to get out… https://t.co/b5PnllcjXQ— Brad Gregory (@Brad Gregory)1557915626.0
@BradG1975 @ava I’m concerned that this has already spread. 1/3 of the country actually believes D’s support infant… https://t.co/LerIMYvKbM— Amanda Thomas (@Amanda Thomas)1557923241.0
@manalyn618 @ava It’s scary what misinformed people believe. Truth is whatever someone can convince people it is. I… https://t.co/f7cCBuZtyd— Brad Gregory (@Brad Gregory)1557924103.0
@Cleverlychangin @ava I think the level of misogyny that we have in this country is so deep, so connected with whit… https://t.co/BI1j8Wz7oh— amy wilder (@amy wilder)1557970073.0
A campaign to boycott Alabama began circulating online, but we can do better.
@annajanejoyner @ginarcameron @ava @joanwalsh Thank you, thank you. Some of us actually LIVE in Alabama. Instead of… https://t.co/VVrWgaJmsp— Jena M (@Jena M)1557923728.0
But some Alabamians are genuinely terrified.
@SistatodaMoon @annajanejoyner @ginarcameron @ava @joanwalsh I live here, and I disagree completely. I’d never ask… https://t.co/cfQzQu1VbK— Dr. Ashley Hampton (@Dr. Ashley Hampton)1557926173.0
@drashleyhampton @SistatodaMoon @annajanejoyner @ginarcameron @ava @joanwalsh C’mon ladies.. I live here too. Ole K… https://t.co/xzqZ4qx28n— Nicey (@Nicey)1557927887.0
What else can we do? Here are some organizations that could benefit from the fight.
@ginarcameron @ava @joanwalsh Please don't add suffering to the millions of Alabamian women and citizens who find t… https://t.co/l4PHqACbQJ— Anna Jane Joyner (@Anna Jane Joyner)1557922971.0
@NicoleGarton_ @alt_trite @NiceyMack @drashleyhampton @SistatodaMoon @annajanejoyner @ginarcameron @ava @joanwalsh… https://t.co/UGPzwXBH8i— Jennifer Vanderputten 🌊✒️💻 (@Jennifer Vanderputten 🌊✒️💻)1557946553.0
DuVernay is onto something here, and it is vital than ever not to remain silent on the passage of this heinous legislation.