I wonder if Alabama is truly prepared for this?

Courtesy of AFP:

The Russian collective Pussy Riot will perform in Alabama on Thursday, a sold-out concert to raise money for women’s rights groups in light of the state’s recent passage of a near-total ban on abortion.

Proceeds from the Birmingham benefit will go to Planned Parenthood and the Yellowhammer Fund, a group that gives assistance to women seeking abortions at one of the southern US state’s three clinics.

In May, Alabama lawmakers triggered outrage after pushing through legislation making abortion a felony — even in cases of rape or incest, unless the mother’s health is at risk — punishing doctors with up to 99 years in prison for providing the procedure.

“It is ridiculous to me that it’s still a question in 2019 whether women can have an abortion,” Pussy Riot co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova told AFP ahead of the performance.

“We want to come to Alabama and support women who are in quite a critical and vulnerable position right now,” she said. “Many Americans, they believe that Russia is a patriarchal country — it’s true in a lot of ways, but when it comes to abortion rights, it’s not questionable.”

Interestingly enough Russia has free access to abortions even longer than America. 

An anti-abortion movement does exist in Russia, with activists seizing on the country’s declining population as reason for a ban, but according to Tolokonnikova it is only “insane, crazy freaks who claim that women don’t have right to have an abortion” there.

Did you ever think you would live to see a day when Russian activists would come to America to help us fight for OUR rights? 

I guess these are the times we are now living in.