Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey just wrote the state's controversial almost total abortion ban. The new law is the most restrictive anti-abortive measure passed in the US since Roe v. Wade was established in 1973.
Legislation – House Bill 314, "Human Life Protection Act" – bans all abortions in the state except when "abortion is necessary for to prevent a serious health risk "for the woman, according to the text of the bill. It criminalises the procedure, reclassification of abortion as a class A crime, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors. Attempted abortions will be reclassified as a C penalty penalty.
Legislation does not provide exceptions for victims or rape or incest.
"Today I wrote the law on the Human Life Law in Alabama," wrote Ivey in a statement Wednesday evening. "To the many supporters of the bill, this legislation stands as a powerful proof of Alabama's deep belief that all life is valuable and that every life is a holy gift from God."
Alabama's ban is the latest in an attack on state-level anti-abortion measures hoped by activists will be raised by the Supreme Court and potentially oppose Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision protecting the woman's right to the procedure.
Last week, Georgia's government chief Brian Kemp wrote the state's so-called "fetal heartbeat", a measure that prohibits abortion after heart attack, is detected in an embryo, which is usually five to six weeks in a pregnancy, and before most women know they are pregnant. The state was the sixth that passed such a law, and the fourth this year alone.
In previous years, the Supreme Court has refused to hear such cases. But a new ideological makeup at the nation's highest court, including the recently appointed talk policy Brett Kavanaugh, has encouraged anti-abortion activists to try again.
Prosecutors for abortion rights have pledged to challenge Alabama's controversial laws well before November when the law is scheduled to be implemented.
"We promised to fight this dangerous abortion ban every step of the way and we meant what we said," said Staci Fox, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood South East, in a statement emailed to CBS News on Wednesday. "We haven't lost a case in Alabama yet, and we're not planning to start now."
But the bill sponsor, rep Terri Collins, said it's the point. The state legislature called the bill a "direct attack" on Roe v. Wade and foresees that the bill will be contested by lawyers for abortion rights, such as the ACLU, and possibly the way to the Supreme Court.
"The heart of this bill is to confront a decision taken by the courts in 1973 that said the baby in the womb is not a person," said Collins last week when Alabama House discussed the law. "This bill addresses one issue. Is that baby in the womb a person? I think our law says it's ".
The governor's signature comes less than 24 hours after the Senate passed the controversial law, sparking outbursts far beyond Alabama state lines. Almost everyweighed in for In an interview Wednesday with Sirius XM's Joe Madison Show, New Jersey called Sen. Cory Booker the action "frontal attack on women's reproductive rights, on women's freedom and freedom."
"Not only am I 100% opposed to it, but it makes me decide to become president of the United States and make sure we pass the type of federal law that prevents the erosion of women's rights, says Booker.
Alabama State Lawmakersand other modern genocide in law, which led to Jewish activists and abortion groups punishing legislation as "deep offensive".
During the debate until the vote on Tuesday night, Senate minority leader Bobby Singleton proposed an amendment that would have cut an exception for victims of rape and incest. During the debate, he introduced three women who were victims of rape and told their colleagues: "They didn't ask what they got. It happened. And now they have to live with it."
The change finally failed, with 21 senators voting against rape and victim exception and 11 voted for it.
Republican late Clyde Chambliss argued that the ban was still fair to victims of rape and incest because they would still get abortion "until she knows she is pregnant", a statement that gave rise to a mixture of groans and cackles from the chamber. gallery.
"In a state that has some of the worst health problems for women in the country – like the highest degree of cervical cancer – Alabama puts women at even greater risk," said Dr. Leana Wen, chairman of the planned parenting fund, in a statement that was sent to CBS News on Tuesday evening. "Politicians who say they value life should advocate political action to resolve the public health crises that kill women, not dismantle the small supply of health care workers has left."