In just the latest move that reproductive rights advocates warn is part of the prolonged effort to overturn Roe v. Wade, GOP state senators in Alabama sent what would be the nation’s most extreme abortion ban to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk late Tuesday.
“This unconstitutional measure would send women in the state back to the dark days of policymakers having control over their bodies, health, and lives.”
—Toni Van Pelt, NOW
This “worst-of-its-kind” bill, already approved by the Alabama House, would ban abortion at every stage of pregnancy and criminalize providing the procedure as a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
If the measure becomes law, the only exception under which a woman can terminate a pregnancy is if she faces a serious health risk. Most GOP senators rejected an amendment that would have added exceptions for rape and incest.
Lori Jhons, Ivey’s spokesperson, told The Associated Press “the governor intends to withhold comment until she has had a chance to thoroughly review the final version of the bill that passed,” but the vote tally suggests state lawmakers could easily override a veto.
The passage of this “dangerous” and “atrocious” legislation Tuesday provoked immediate outcry and vows to fight the measure from reproductive rights supporters nationwide.
“This unconstitutional measure would send women in the state back to the dark days of policymakers having control over their bodies, health, and lives,” warned Toni Van Pelt of the National Organization for Women (NOW). “We strongly oppose this bill and the other egregious pieces of legislation that extremist lawmakers are trying to pass in what they claim is an attempt to force the Supreme Court to overturn Roe.”
“Anti-choice Republicans no longer even pretend to respect the law or the women that it protects,” NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue said in a statement. She also recalled the widespread opposition to Brett Kavanaugh, whom President Donald Trump appointed and the U.S. Senate approved to the Supreme Court last year.
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