Published: Thu, May 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Alabama's Abortion Ban Is A Dark Day for Women

Alabama's Abortion Ban Is A Dark Day for Women

The measure is headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.

But Republicans in Alabama and Georgia and liberals on the court itself seem to think it's a real possibility. The only exemptions for the law will be where completing the pregnancy will be a danger to the physical (not mental) health of the mother.

Why now? Will the challenges make it to the Supreme Court? The woman seeking an abortion would not be prosecuted.

"We vowed to fight this risky abortion ban every step of the way and we meant what we said". The amendment was voted down 21-11, with four Republicans joining Democrats in the seeking the amendment.

Governors and lawmakers across the country are rushing to pass highly restrictive abortion bills in hopes of attracting the attention of what they see as the most antiabortion U.S. Supreme Court in decades.

Additionally, bills that seek to restrict abortion have been introduced in dozens of states across the USA, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research and policy organisation.

Democrats, who hold eight seats in Alabama's 35-member Senate, criticised the ban as a mixture of political grandstanding, an attempt to control women and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

The bill passed the House of Representatives 74-3 and the Senate 25-6, LifeNews reported. Under the bill, abortions would be allowed only under strict conditions: if a woman's health is at "serious" risk, if an "unborn child has a lethal anomaly" or if there's an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg implants itself outside the womb.

The ACLU and Planned Parenthood "will file a lawsuit to stop this unconstitutional ban and protect every woman's right to make her own choice about her healthcare, her body, and her future", the ACLU of Alabama said in a statement after the vote.

Missouri is among several states where pro-life supporters are working with renewed enthusiasm following President Donald Trump's appointment of more conservative high court justices.

Just this year, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and OH enacted statutes outlawing abortion after a doctor can detect an embryonic heartbeat. Sponsor Rep. Terri Collins says she expects the governor to support the ban. The bill will likely face a legal challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union and other pro-choice groups, however if it passed, it would come into effect in around six months.

Abortion rights advocates vowed swift legal action.

According to Cevallos, the court case decision from 1973 "stands on a weak foundational basis" and the bill that only awaits Alabama Governor Kay Ivey's (R) signature could overturn the decision. "All Alabama is doing is following the news". Though Ivey has made her stance on abortion clear in the past (she's vehemently anti-abortion), she hasn't signaled yet whether she plans to sign the bill or not. They intend to argue that a state cannot restrict access to abortion before viability - the point at which a fetus can survive outside the uterus - which is a right that federal courts have repeatedly reaffirmed in decisions since Roe.

HB 314, as written and passed, is meant to set up a U.S. Supreme Court battle to overturn Roe v. Wade, the controversial 1973 ruling that effectively legalized abortion in all 50 states by declaring unconstitutional state laws restricting the procedures.

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