Over the past few weeks, three states — Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee — passed laws restricting or banning abortions. But it was the ban signed into law by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, considered the nation’s most restrictive law, that sent the nation, and notably the social media site Twitter, into a tailspin.
A week before the Alabama ban was made law, actress and activist Alyssa Milano’s now infamous sex strike led the news cycle as she called women to “join (her) by not having sex until (women) get bodily autonomy back.”
Many expressed disapproval of Milano’s strike, noting that the idea of weaponizing women’s bodies to prove a point only further objectifies us, a point I wholeheartedly agree with.
Another Hollywood star, Jim Carrey, took to Twitter this weekend to share artwork depicting Ivey as a baby in the womb being aborted by suction, a portion of her skull caved in by the device. The gruesome picture was accompanied by equally disturbing words: “I think If you’re going to terminate a pregnancy, it should be done sometime before the fetus becomes Governor of Alabama,” Carrey wrote.
Parts of the pro-life community, however, were given a surprising opportunity to stand for life inside and outside of the womb.
One Twitter user based in Israel issued a challenge to the pro-life community. She wrote, “Dear Pro-Life friends: what have you personally done to support lower income single mothers? I’ll wait:”
Although I believe this was a rhetorical question and not truly meant to be answered, by Sunday evening more than 13,000 Twitter users had chimed in to share honest, sincere and precise (it is Twitter, after all) answers to her inquiry.
A user named Barbara wrote: “Great question! Since I am unable to foster, I often babysit for my friends who do. I donate regularly to a foster closet. We help pay bills for people in crisis situations, & my oldest kids help when they are able.”
Joshua Ryan Butler shared: “Became foster parents, which led to adoption. Intentionally worked to build relationship with and support our son’s birth mother. Helped her w/ buying furniture & more when she got out of prison and moved into low-income housing. Hosted & officiated her wedding a few years later. We were part of a movement of 30+ foster/adopt families from our church doing the same, with a network of hundreds in our church supporting us in tangible ways. And 500+ families from churches in our city as broader movement as well. https://www.embraceoregon.org/.”
And Eliza proclaimed: “My church has a ‘store’ that has everything from formula, clothes, toys and shoes for kids and mothers. It’s all volunteer and most of it is lower income single moms or teen moms that come in. My kids and I love helping out there.”
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Source: Religion News Service