Alabama's Total Abortion Ban and the Red Flag You Missed

Angelo Anderson
May 18, 2019

Missouri's Republican-led House is expected to pass a sweeping bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, on legislators' final day in session. It would include exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.

Alabama's new law makes it a felony for a doctor to perform or attempt an abortion unless it is to save the life of the mother, punishable by 99 years in prison.

Even famed USA televangelist Pat Robertson, who is normally anti-abortion, said this week that Alabama's law goes too far.

Republican lawmakers in Alabama, Missouri and Georgia clearly do not agree. Kirsten Gillibrand, another presidential hopeful. published a number of abortion-related proposals in a Medium post on Thursday.

Anti-abortion campaigners have been seeking to overturn a woman's constitutional right to an abortion ever since the US Supreme Court found they had that right in the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade.

Abortion-rights activists argue that rolling back 45 years of legal precedent to criminalize abortion would expose many women to unsafe health risks posed by illegal abortion providers.

If courts do not allow Missouri's proposed eight-week ban to take effect, the bill includes a ladder of less-restrictive time limits that would prohibit abortions at 14, 18 or 20 weeks of pregnancy. 'Limiting access to abortion is not just a women's issue - it is an issue that affects us all, ' said Clare Kenny, Director of Youth Engagement for GLAAD.

Missouri is among several states where abortion opponents are working with renewed enthusiasm following President Donald Trump's appointment of more conservative high court justices. Some of those laws already have been challenged in court, and similar restrictions in North Dakota and Iowa previously were struck down by judges.

Supporters say the Alabama bill is intentionally created to conflict with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationally in hopes of sparking a court case that might prompt the justices to revisit abortion rights.

Anti-abortion advocacy groups have pushed hard in recent months for the passage of bills to restrict or even ban the procedure outright at the state level, inspired by the perception that the US Supreme Court has tilted in their favour.

"Clearly the sponsors of these abortion bans have become emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court", said Caroline Mala Corbin, a professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law.

In its Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court noted that viability typically was 24 to 28 weeks.

"That's exactly what Republicans have voted on in this House; that's what our platform says", McCarthy continued.

Republicans and Democrats worked for hours to try to reach a compromise on the bill, which included an expansion of tax credits for donations to pregnancy resource centres.

The approved version of the wide-ranging bill bans abortions based exclusively on race, sex or a diagnosis indicating the potential of Down Syndrome. The bill would also require that both parents be notified for a minor to get an abortion, with exceptions. One provision of the law would bar abortions sought because of gender, race or potential disability of the fetus. But his dissenting opinion in a case in which the Washington, D.C. Circuit allowed a 17-year-old to end her pregnancy has raised questions about his stance on abortion.

Jill Schupp said while arguing against the bill on the floor.

"Thanks to the leaders in the House and Senate, we have the opportunity to be one of the strongest pro-life states in the country", Parson said on Wednesday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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