Alabama Senate passes near-total abortion ban bill
Alabama Senate passes near-total abortion ban bill
A bill pending in the Alabama Legislature would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion
15 May, 2019, 07:55
Just last week, the Georgia's RepublicanGoverner Brian Kemp signed the controversial "heartbeat bill" into law. Ivey has not said publicly whether or not she will sign the bill, although she is expected to. Many women, according to the CDC, won't know they are pregnant for four to six weeks, meaning that by the time they've learned they are, it's too late to obtain an abortion, especially if the woman lives in a state that requires a waiting period.
The Alabama bill goes further by seeking to outlaw abortion outright.
The Week: "Georgia's "heartbeat" abortion bill could imprison women for life".
"The heart of this bill is to confront a decision that was made by the courts in 1973 that said the baby in a womb is not a person", Republican state Rep. Terri Collins said in April. Supporters say 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 court cases that might prompt the justices to revisit abortion rights.
"I'm in awe of people who take in children in need of a family and a home: but if Georgia becomes inundated with children who are unwanted or unable to be cared for, it will be hard to find great fostering for them all".
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano has called for a sex strike under the social media hashtag #SexStrike in response to the campaigns against abortion rights, urging women to refuse sex with men "until we get bodily autonomy back". Those performing abortions would be committing a felony, punishable by 10 to 99 years in prison, although a woman who receives an abortion would not be held criminally liable.
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"You don't have to raise that child".
Singleton said doctors who perform abortions could serve more prison time, under the proposed ban, than the women's rapists.
Ivey has not publicly said whether she will sign the bill if it's approved by lawmakers.
Similarly restrictive abortion bans in Kentucky and MS already are before the courts, and lawmakers in Alabama are fully aware that judges are likely to intervene.
"The governor intends to withhold comment until it makes its way to her desk for signature, " deputy press secretary Lori Jhons wrote in an email prior to Tuesday night's vote. Randall Marshall, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, said a complaint is being drafted to challenge the ban if enacted.
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