Update: Pro-choice activists are up in arms Wednesday morning after the Alabama Senate passed the most restrictive abortion law in the country. The law will outlaw nearly all abortions, with exceptions only to protect the mother’s health, in a bill that looks tailor-made to make it all the way to the Supreme Court.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has kept quiet about whether she will sign the bill, but her strong pro-life record would suggest that she will, according to Reuters.
The law, which was passed 25-6, will take effect in six months, but will almost certainly face a legal challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Four governors have so far signed ‘heartbeat’ bills, that outlaw abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Alabama bill goes further by banning almost all abortions at any time. Although a woman who receives an abortion woudn’t be held criminally liable under the bill, those who perform them can face up to 99 years in prison. The state senate also defeated an amendment that would have allowed legal abortions for women impregnated via rape or incest.
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The Alabama state Senate on Tuesday will vote on a bill that will outlaw almost all types of abortions, but will first debate whether to allow exceptions for women and children impregnated by rape and incest, according to Reuters.
The legislation would be the most strict anti-abortion bill in the United States, and is set for discussion in the Republican-controlled chamber at 4 p.m. CDT. The bill would be the latest in a series of pro-life measures rolled out in neighboring Georgia and Mississippi – in what pro-abortion advocates warned would be a large “abortion desert.”
Legislation to restrict abortion rights has been introduced in 16 states this year, four of whose governors have signed bills banning abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which advocates for abortion rights.
Opponents called that legislation a virtual ban because fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks, before a woman may be aware she is pregnant. –Reuters
Alabama’s abortion bill goes the furthest – banning all abortions except to prevent serious health risk to the mother. Those who perform abortions would be subject to a Class A felony, punishable with 10-99 years in prison. Women who receive abortions, however, would not be held criminally liable.
An amendment was added by a Senate committee which would also create exceptions for victims of rape and incest, however the matter has stalled on the Senate floor, according to the report.
Proponents of the new laws know that they are certain to be challenged in court, and are hoping that the matter will be taken up by the US Supreme Court, which has a majority of conservative justices after President Trump appointed two. Pro-abortionists have expressed concern that the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade would be overturned, however Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has said that it’s ‘settled law‘ when asked by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) asked him during his August 2018 confirmation process.
Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio have outlawed abortion after a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat.
Courts have blocked the Iowa and Kentucky laws, and the others face legal challenges. –Reuters
Recently, actress-turned-activist Alyssa Milano called on liberal women to go on a sex strike in her campaign to ensure that women can terminate their offspring. Milano has been widely mocked, while millions of liberal men have undoubtedly been growing angrier and more frustrated by the night.