Pro-Lifers Cheer Latest Alabama Law Banning Abortions; Pro-Choicers Vow to Sue

  • As a bill that virtually bans all abortion in Alabama is headed to the governor’s desk, pro-choice activists have stated that they will fight the bill. This latest bill is the strictest in the country and doesn’t make exceptions for victims of rape or incest.
  • Republican Governor Kay Ivey is a strong pro-choice advocate but hasn’t said whether she would sign the bill and has a week to sign off on it or veto it.
  • The president of Planned Parenthood, Leana Wen said: “We have no choice. For us, this is about our patients’ lives. We have to file lawsuits. We are talking about the rights for generations to come.”
  • The Alabama bill bans abortions at any point during pregnancy and the only exception is if a mother’s life is in danger.
  • Any person who performs abortions could face 10 to 99 years imprisonment since it would be a felony. However, the woman receiving the abortion wouldn’t face prosecution.
  • There’s been a growing movement for states to greatly limit abortions in an effort to reverse Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.
  • This year, 16 states have introduced legislation to limit abortions.
  • 2020 Democratic hopefuls have strongly condemned the laws, which they view as “an attack on women’s rights.”

Reference Links

  • Reuters: U.S. abortion-rights activists vow to challenge landmark Alabama ban READ
  • USA TODAY: 25 men voted to ban abortion in Alabama. Do they reflect the rest of America? READ

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