Following the 22nd season premiere of kid’s television show “Arthur,” which features a same-sex marriage, Alabama Public Television has decided to pull the episode because officials “felt it would be a violation of trust to broadcast the episode,” NBC News reports.
But, almost simultaneously, the Alabama state government signed into law a bill that outlaws abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, implying that lawmakers believe that young girls who become pregnant are ready for motherhood.
In fact, Republican state lawmakers believe that young victims of rape or incest are so prepared to care for a child that they struck down several Democratic amendments to the abortion bill that would expand care for mothers who would be prevented from having an abortion as a result of the new law.
"I have absolutely no words to describe the disgust that I feel and so many women have told me that they feel,” Sam Blakely, a rape survivor, told CNN in response to the new Alabama law.
It seems ludicrous, then, to impose the burden of motherhood to young girls who fall pregnant as a result of rape and sexual assault, and also signal to them that seeing two male talking aardvarks on a children’s TV show is a “violation of trust,” as a spokesperson for APT said.
And yet, these are the real conditions that young girls and women in Alabama face every day.