Video Compares a Woman's Frustrating Tech Call to Scheduling an Abortion & It's All Sorts of Scary

tech support abortion accessThe US Supreme Court is set to hear what's considered to be its most significant abortion case in decades: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt challenges a Texas law requiring abortion providers to impose a set of restrictions so unrealistic that more than three-quarters of the state's clinics could be forced to go out of business; the outcome of this case could have huge implications for abortion rights across the country. And for those who don't understand what that truly means for women, there's now a surprisingly hilarious, if maddening, video illustrating the issue.


From the American Civil Liberties Union, the video compares trying to get abortion access to dealing with "tech support from hell" -- and it's a strikingly, shockingly accurate analogy. In the clip, an increasingly  frustrated woman discovers that getting help from a "female computer service" involves being subjected to a stream of automated messages questioning whether or not she really wants help, a 72-hour hold time, and traveling 147 miles away to the closest "service center" (sound familiar?). Check it out:

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Hey, at least she had an opportunity to brush up on her French (and her cup song skills!). Too bad she's apparently still not "capable of making decisions" herself.

It's funny, but it's not. This video is really more horrifying than anything else, because it so perfectly illustrates the all too prevalent attitude that women truly are incapable of making decisions for themselves, and that they can't be trusted with the ownership of their own bodies. 

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Depending on how things go on Wednesday, things could get even harder for women seeking abortions. If the law in Texas is upheld, only 10 abortion clinics will be left in the state (and that's a state with an estimated 5.4 million women of childbearing age), meaning that women could be forced to wait weeks for services and to travel far, far away from their homes to receive them. And it's not just Texas: The number of states considered hostile to abortion rights (meaning they impose at least four types of abortion restrictions) went from from 13 in 2000 to 27 in 2014.

We'll be watching the proceedings closely, to say the least.


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