Alabama Gov. signs bill authorizing near total ban on abortion

Elias Hubbard
Мая 20, 2019

The legislation was signed into law by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Wednesday and is the most extreme anti-abortion law passed in the USA, threatening to overturn the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision in the Roe v. Wade case that protects women's constitutional right to abortion.

"So much of this bill is just shaming women into some kind of complacency that says we are vessels of pregnancy rather than understanding that women's lives all hold different stories", St. Louis-area Democratic Sen.

Senators approved the legislation by 24 votes to 10 in the early hours of Thursday morning (16 May) only hours before the Friday deadline. Linda Coleman-Madison, a Birmingham Democrat.

Supporters of the bill compare it to an existing ban on abortions based on the sex of the child.

Organizers of the March for Reproductive Freedom say "people should have the right to make the decisions that are best for their bodies without state interference". "That's why we're here today, to protect people who don't have a voice". Doug Jones, who scored a surprise win in a 2017 special election. It bans abortions except in cases of serious health risk to the woman.

There would be no punishment for the woman receiving the abortion, only for the abortion provider.

Representative Terri Collins, the bill's sponsor, said: "We decided we would have one pro-life bill, and we'll try to make one that counts. What is going on in Alabama should remind everyone here in the United Kingdom as to what is also going on in one part of this state, where women are criminalised and where women are forced to leave home to have abortions in England".

Ivey acknowledged Wednesday that the measure may be unenforceable in the short term. "Because we have known since the "70s that Roe v. Wade stands on a weak foundational basis. Is that baby in the womb a person?"

The ban is the latest in a trend toward more restrictive abortion policies, with the U.S. states of Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia and MS recently creating similar bans, hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the current law of the land, which considers many abortions to be a woman's right.

Kevin McCarthy, the Home minority chief, urged newshounds that the law, which does not enable exceptions for abortions in cases of rape and incest, "goes extra than I feel about". Doctors also could be sent to prison for up to 15 years. Alabama lawmakers have passed a near total ban on abortion. Without objection, the Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee backed legislation to prohibit abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

As passed, the law would take effect in six months.

Late Thursday afternoon, the House had not yet voted on the bill.

Democrat Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton put forth the rape/incest amendment, which four Republicans broke ranks to support. It also found that abortion tends to be safer in legal-abortion countries than in countries with restrictive laws. Those against the precedent laid out in the case (which, of course, affords women across the country the right to abortion access) are enacting a broader movement to bring their arguments to the Supreme Court while they have a perceived opportunity to challenge it.

Planned Parenthood League of MA says the right to an abortion "shouldn't depend on your zip code or who your governor is".

Supporters say they hope to create a court case to challenge the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

The pinnacle Home Republican acknowledged Thursday that Alabama's fresh remark law banning almost all abortions goes too some distance.

"We need to make sure that harmful policies and restricting abortion access are no longer federal policy AND we need to make sure that folks can get the abortions they need until that day", the fund wrote.

Dr. Yashica Robinson, who provides abortions in Huntsville, said her clinic fielded calls from frightened patients Wednesday. "Is it still legal?' And so I mean, the phone has been ringing off the hook", said Dalton Johnson, the owner of the Alabama Women's Center.

Mr Johnson suggested that the decision should be made by the woman involved, not by lawmakers.

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