Alabama is set to ban pretty much all abortion

On Tuesday, the Alabama Senate passed legislation that would criminalize nearly all cases of abortion. If signed by the governor, they would become the most restrictive state in the US for abortion procedures.

According to USA Today, “the bill would make it a felony punishable by life or 10 to 99 years in prison to perform an abortion in the state of Alabama. Attempting to perform an abortion also would be a felony, punishable by one to 10 years in prison.”

The only exceptions for the procedure would be if the life of the mother was in jeopardy or if the mother suffered from a mental illness that would result in her death or the death of the unborn, and if the unborn was diagnosed with a fetal defect that would result in death or stillbirth.

It’s likely the state will face legal challenges over the bill – both Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have said they will sue if it becomes law.

“The ACLU of Alabama, along with the National 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. “This bill will not take effect anytime in the near future, and abortion will remain a safe, legal medical procedure at all clinics in Alabama.”

Reactions to the bill were strong on both sides.

 

 

 

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