Friday, 23 August, 2019

Alabama Senate passes bill banning almost all abortions

A bill pending in the Alabama Legislature would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion A bill pending in the Alabama Legislature would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion
Steven Clarke | 15 May, 2019, 07:55

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has not confirmed whether she will sign the measure into law, but during the 2018 midterms, 59 percent of voters expressed their support for a bill banning abortions in the state. Opponents wanted an amendment to permit exceptions for rape and incest; proponents are pushing a "clean" bill that would clear the way for a Supreme Court review of Roe v. Wade.

The move is part of a multistate effort to have the US Supreme Court reconsider a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

The Alabama bill, which was approved by the House of Representatives 74-3 two weeks ago, goes further by seeking to outlaw abortion outright. Several, including Alabama's neighbors Georgia and MS, have passed laws that prohibit abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

"Our bill says that baby in the womb is a person", said Republican Rep. Terri Collins, the bill's sponsor, said in an interview.

Supporters said the bill is intentionally created to conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationally, because they hope to spark a court case that might prompt the justices to revisit abortion rights.

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Last week actress Alyssa Milano posted a message on social media calling for women to join her in a sex strike to protest against strict abortion laws in America.

"To take that choice away from that person who had such a traumatic act committed against them, to be left with the residue of that person if you will, to have to bring that child into this world and be reminded of it every single day", Figures said.

Singleton said doctors who perform abortions could serve more prison time, under the proposed ban, than the women's rapists.

The group Physicians for Reproductive Health said the near total ban on abortions would have a disastrous effect on healthcare.

A similar bill was signed into law in Mississippi. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama said a complaint is being drafted to challenge the ban.

With Whitmer expected to veto the measures if they reach her desk, Right to Life is preparing to launch an identical citizens' initiative that could be enacted by lawmakers without her signature.

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