Three women had a voice in Alabama Senate as 25 men passed abortion banAmid the debate on the Alabama Senate floor over America’s most restrictive abortion law, state Senator Linda Coleman-Madison appeared to be losing patience.She was one of just three women to vote Tuesday on HB 314, which would outlaw abortions even in cases of rape and incest. And more than two hours into the debate, she had a few questions for state Senator Clyde Chambliss, one of the bill’s key Republican backers. Earlier, he had explained the law wouldn’t affect women until they “are known” to be pregnant.What, exactly, did that mean? Ms Coleman-Madison asked.“Well,” he said, “if you don’t know, then you’re not known to be pregnant.”Ms Coleman-Madison rested her chin in the palm of her hand, looking bored.“I guess that’s a typical male answer,” she said. “You don’t know what you don’t know because you’ve never been pregnant. And herein is the problem: You can’t get pregnant. … You don’t know what it’s like to be pregnant.”To Ms Coleman-Madison, the moment crystallized a problem that has plagued women’s reproductive health debates over the years in Alabama’s legislature and beyond: They are typically dominated by male politicians.
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