Published: Sat, May 18, 2019

Alabama governor signs controversial abortion bill into law

Alabama governor signs controversial abortion bill into law

But precisely because they uphold the Constitution, conservative justices like Gorsuch and Kavanaugh may rule that states do have the constitutional right to decide for themselves whether to allow abortion.

However, many are fighting back including the American Civil Liberties Union, who have filed federal lawsuits to contest each state that has passed anti-abortion bills.

However, Two Republicans did not vote.

Other states - Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia - have passed bills to ban abortion after six weeks, the point at which cardiac activity can be detected.

"My administration will execute the laws the legislature passes, and this pro-life administration will not back down", Parson told reporters Wednesday evening.

Rihanna has condemned Kay Ivey, governor of Alabama, for approving a bill which bans women from having abortion in the state. The legislation, called the Human Life Protection Act, prohibits abortions at every stage of pregnancy, and it is poised to become the country's most restrictive abortion ban. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cutoff.

Planned Parenthood has vowed to do "whatever it takes" to stop the bans.

The Supreme Court has previously reaffirmed a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, but some anti-abortion activists believe the time may have come to turn the tables. "Any restriction on abortion must contain exceptions to protect the life and health of the woman and can not create an "undue burden" on a woman seeking an abortion - a standard that was established in Planned Parenthood v. Casey" in 1992 and clarified in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt in 2016. Democratic members of the state Senate attempted to re-introduce an amendment that would add rape and incest victims to the list of exemptions, but the motion failed on an 11-21 vote, CNN reports.

The original sponsor of the Alabama law has explicitly said the bill was drafted in an effort to have it challenged and potentially reach the Supreme Court, which the bill's supporters hope could lead to the overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which declared abortion a right federally. Many of these bills are a direct affront to Black women and women of color who lack access to sufficient health care due to income inequality and health care access through full-time employment.

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