Samantha, an Alabama resident, could not carry the child of her rapist
Already traumatized by a rape, the American Samantha Blakely “collapsed” on discovering that she was pregnant with her attacker. To abort was then a question of survival.
D these years later, she is appalled by the decision of the State of Alabama, to ban abortions (abortions), even in cases of rape or incest.
“If this law had been in force when I needed my abortion, I would have ended my days, you have to be honest,” says the 25-year-old woman in an interview with AFP in Montgomery, capital of this conservative state of the southern United States.
“There is one thing I was sure of: I could not carry my rapist’s child,” she adds, wearing a red T-shirt with a “woman’s” mark as a standard.
In solidarity with other rape survivors, she also told her story to Alabama MPs in an attempt to bend their position. “Our reproductive rights are under threat, it’s time for me to speak for those who can not,” she says.
In spite of his efforts, the senators passed on Tuesday the law “HB314”, which assimilates the abortion to a homicide and provides penalties up to 99 years of prison for the doctors. The text was promulgated in the wake of Republican governor Kay Ivey.
Even President Donald Trump, who has made the fight against abortion one of his campaign arguments, has expressed reservations, saying he is in favor of exemptions from rape, incest or danger to life. from the mother. The law of Alabama retains only this last exception.
The text, which is expected to come into effect in November, is expected to be held in court by then, as it is in flagrant contradiction with the “Roe v. Wade “of the Supreme Court, which in 1973 legalized the right to abortion throughout the country.
But its promoters, like those of other very restrictive laws adopted in Georgia or Missouri, intend to bring appeals and appeal to the Supreme Court, in the hope that it will come back to this. historic decision.
Whatever the epilogue of this vast offensive, Samantha Blakely has been plunged back into a painful past.
Two years ago, this young black woman just out of college was raped by a co-worker and realized very quickly that she was pregnant. “I always had my period regularly, so I quickly did a pregnancy test,” she says.
“When he posted” positive “, I collapsed, I was so scared … I could not even get angry, I was in distress.”
“I remember biting my shower curtain so no one would hear me scream,” she says. “I knew I would not be able to carry this child.”
She then goes to a family planning organization and undergoes an abortion, a choice she does not regret. Today, she works in the tourism sector, dreams of traveling.
But recent debates have reopened its plagues. “The law created new emotions: it instilled fear where there was only concern” for women’s rights, she says.
Samantha Blakely fears that American women will have to put their health at risk to stop unwanted pregnancies.
“We will use different methods, stuff found on Google, dangerous infusions from around the world. We will be forced to do terrible things, “she fears. “There will be no more legal abortions, but abortion will not go away.”