Viral video lambasting Texas' abortion law lauded: 'Time to get marching shoes back'
The new law, which goes into effect on September 8, bans abortions for pregnancies past six weeks in Texas
Texas' new abortion law has faced quite the backlash from left-leaning politicians, corporates and celebrities. Now, a video lambasting the new legislation has gone viral and garnered millions of views.
The new law, which goes into effect on Wednesday, September 8, bans abortions for pregnancies past six weeks and incentivizes citizens to report anyone involved in helping women get the procedure illegally. President Joe Biden criticized the Supreme Court's decision not to block the measure this week.
Produced by author and left-wing activist Don Winslow, the video in question criticizes the apparent "draconian" nature of the law as well as conservatives who oppose Covid-19 vaccine mandates while protesting the right of women to choose what to do with their bodies.
"Republicans are calling women's bodies 'Host bodies'," Winslow tweeted while sharing the video. "Texas Republicans set up a website to stalk and report women, their families, and the doctors who help them. They are waging a war against women."
The video, which is less than two minutes in length, had drawn millions of views and shares at the time of writing. "If I am beaten and raped in the state of Texas, I have to give birth to the baby of my rapist," the narrator began in the video. "If I am raped by my father, brother, or uncle, and get pregnant in the state of Texas, I have to give birth to the baby of my family abuser. This new law is so draconian that I can be prosecuted for having an abortion, and so can my doctors, family, and friends who advise, or even the Uber driver who simply drives me to the clinic."
"This is madness," the narrator added later. "The same people who have been protesting and screaming, 'My body, my choice' when it comes to the Covid vaccine are now saying I don't have any control over my own body." The video also claims Texas would protect a 12-year-old girl from mask mandates but would force her to give birth to a child conceived under any circumstances, including rape or incest.
**NEW** VIDEO #TexasWarOnWomen— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) September 3, 2021
Republicans are calling women's bodies "Host bodies"
Texas Republicans set up a website to stalk and report women, their families and the doctors who help them.
They are waging a war against women.
PLEASE RETWEET & QUOTE TWEET this video! pic.twitter.com/FMzVmOKADo
The backlash against the new law was swift on social media. "I think Texas is underestimating the power of today's women," one Twitter user wrote. "The Taliban, Texas Republicans & the US Supreme Court have a lot in common. They all want to dismantle women’s rights back to the dark ages," another alleged.
"If women are "host bodies", does that make fetuses "parasites"?" a user commented. "I think back on all the years of marching, calling politicians, and fighting for rights to my body. Looks like it's time to get my marching shoes back out," another chimed in.
I think Texas is underestimating the power of today's women. 💪— Judy (@Ogopogoisreal) September 3, 2021
The Taliban, Texas Republicans & the US Supreme Court have a lot in common.— David Hughes (@dcahughes) September 3, 2021
They all want to dismantle women’s rights back to the dark ages.
If women are "host bodies", does that make fetuses "parasites"?— "Here come the Cyclones!" (@ted_rood) September 3, 2021
I think back on all the years of marching, calling politicians and fighting for rights to my body. Looks like it's time to get my marching shoes back out.— JulieMartinez (@gwenky) September 3, 2021
Winslow as an author has mostly written crime fiction since 1991 and is known for his books including 'Savages', the Neal Carey series, and the 'Cartel' trilogy. He has been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump and his label Don Winslow Films previously collaborated with left-wing rocker Bruce Springsteen on an anti-Trump short film last October.