By Emily Suzanne Johnson, Assistant Professor of History, Ball State University. First published on The Conversation
Alabama’s new abortion restrictions were signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey. But more has been said recently about the fact that the bill was passed by 25 white men in the state Senate. Media reports have pointed to how this law will disproportionately affect black and poor women.
Only four women currently serve in Alabama’s state Senate. Three voted against the bill, while one abstained.
In response to the Alabama vote, Democratic State Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison compared men’s votes on abortion legislation to “a dentist making a decision about heart surgery.”
“That’s why we need more women in office,” Coleman-Madison said.
Across the country, women are underrepresented in legislatures. But the question is: Would voting more women into office necessarily shift the politics of abortion?