Anna Sheffer
May 16, 2019 9:46 am

The past few weeks have seen several extremely restrictive and scary abortion laws passed in several states. On May 7th, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp approved a law that would ban the procedure at about six weeks into a pregnancy (before many women even know that they’re pregnant), and on May 14th, Alabama passed a law banning almost all abortions—even in cases or rape and incest. Unsurprisingly, ABC News reports that these laws have mainly been introduced in states where men dominate the legislative bodies. So on the May 15th episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Samantha Bee gave these politicians a much-needed lesson in sex education.

Bee went on to debunk several misconceptions about female reproduction and abortion. She explained that there’s no way to tell that you’re pregnant immediately after conception (which some lawmakers seem to think is possible?), and she addressed Ohio Representative John Becker’s dangerous claim that an ectopic pregnancy can be treated by “removing the embryo from the fallopian tube and then reinserting it in the uterus” (it CAN’T).

She also broke down the term “late-term abortion,” which several politicians on the right (including President Donald Trump) have used to falsely claim that doctors are committing infanticide. And she stressed that, despite some misconceptions, birth control pills and Plan B do not cause abortion.

We’re grateful to Bee for breaking this all down—because it’s clear that politicians need the help. In the meantime, if you feel strongly about reproductive rights, contact your elected officials or consider donating to Planned Parenthood if you are able.

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