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USAL governor signs abortion ban into law but will likely face legal challenges

02:10  16 may  2019
02:10  16 may  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Stricter abortion bans are conservative-led states' gambit to overturn Roe vs. Wade

Stricter abortion bans are conservative-led states' gambit to overturn Roe vs. Wade ATLANTA - When Republican lawmakers in Alabama weighed a stringent new bill that would outlaw almost all abortions, they did not pretend that it complied with federal law or that it would go into effect anytime soon. "Yes, it's unconstitutional," state House Rep. Terri Collins, the bill's sponsor, said last week at a hearing. "All our pro-life bills are unconstitutional right now. 

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the state's controversial abortion ban into law , though it is expected to face near-immediate legal challenges . The law , which was passed by the state's Senate on Tuesday, does not include exceptions in cases of rape or incest. The original sponsor of the bill when.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the state's controversial abortion ban into law , though it is expected to face near-immediate legal challenges . The ban makes it a felony for doctors in the state to perform abortions in all cases, with the only exception being when the life of the mother is threatened.


AL governor signs abortion ban into law but will likely face legal challenges© ASSOCIATED PRESS Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey discusses a bill that would virtually outlaw abortion in the state while visiting a car factory at Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Ivey, who has described herself as opposing abortion, said she has not yet reviewed the legislation or made a decision on whether to sign it. (AP Photo/Blake Paterson)

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the state's controversial abortion ban into law, though it is expected to face near-immediate legal challenges.

The ban makes it a felony for doctors in the state to perform abortions in all cases, with the only exception being when the life of the mother is threatened.

Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State

Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State The Alabama Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, setting up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the case that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy. 

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the state's controversial abortion ban into law , though it is expected to face near-immediate legal challenges . The ban makes it a felony for doctors in the state to perform abortions in all cases, with the only exception being when the life of the mother is threatened.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the state's controversial abortion ban into law , though it is expected to face near-immediate legal challenges . The ban makes it a felony for doctors in the state to perform abortions in all cases, with the only exception being when the life of the mother is threatened.

The law, which was passed by the state's Senate on Tuesday, does not include exceptions in cases of rape or incest.

The original sponsor of the bill when it was in the state's House of Representatives previously said that supporters of the bill expect it to be challenged in the courts, but also hope that happens. Rep. Terri Collins told ABC News that they wrote the bill with the hopes that it will be picked up by the Supreme Court and allow for the landmark federal ruling in Roe v. Wade, which allowed for legal abortions, to be overturned.

(MORE: Alabama Senate approves country's most restrictive abortion ban)

In her statement announcing her decision to sign the bill, Ivey points to the fact that the bill "was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers" of the state's legislature.

Alabama's Abortion Ban Has A Clear Target: Roe v. Wade

Alabama's Abortion Ban Has A Clear Target: Roe v. Wade Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) approved a near-total abortion ban on Wednesdayaimed at the United States Supreme Court and designed to overturn Roe v. Wade,the landmark 1973 decision establishing a woman's right to an abortion underthe U.S. Constitution.Roe v. Wade makes it clear that women have a right to abortion guaranteed bythe 14th Amendment, but the Alabama measure almost universally prohibitsabortions. Doctors who perform an abortion are to be subject to at least 10 and as many as 99 years in prison. The only exception in the legislation is if a pregnancy puts a woman’s life at risk. The law is set to become effective in six months.

Kay Ivey signed the state’s controversial abortion ban into law , though it is expected to face near-immediate legal challenges . The ban makes it a felony for doctors in the state to perform abortions in all …

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the most restrictive antiabortion measure in the country, effectively outlawing the procedure in an effort to prod the U.S The measure is almost certain to face court challenges and likely will be struck down by lower courts, according to legal observers.

AL governor signs abortion ban into law but will likely face legal challenges

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"Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur. I want to commend the bill sponsors, Rep. Terri Collins and Sen. Clyde Chambliss, for their strong leadership on this important issue," Ivey said in her statement.

According to data compiled by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, Alabama ranks 47th in terms of female representation, with 15.7% women in their state legislature on the whole.

(MORE: 41 states have tried to pass abortion restrictions this year, as Georgia votes on a new ban: Report)

There are four women in the 35 seats in the state Senate and 18 women in the 105 seats in the House of Representatives.

States passing abortion bans have among the lowest rates of women in power

States passing abortion bans have among the lowest rates of women in power When the Alabama State Senate passed their controversial bill which would ban most abortions, not one of the four female state senators voted for it. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The fact that there are only four female state senators in the Heart of Dixie comes as little surprise to political observers, as the state ranks among the lowest in terms of female representation in state legislatures.

Louisiana's Democratic governor signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy Thursday. The move puts him squarely in line with John Bel Edwards made Louisiana the fifth state to enact a law prohibiting abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, joining Mississippi, Kentucky

Tough abortion laws in Alabama and several other states face legal battles in court. Surrounded by Mississippi legislators, Gov. Phil Bryant signs into law a bill banning abortions after a heartbeat is A primary criticism is that it will waste taxpayer money defending something that will likely be found

There have been threats of legal challenges by civil rights groups already. The ACLU of Alabama issued a tweet on Tuesday night, after the state's Senate vote and before the governor signing it into law, saying that they and the national ACLU as well as Planned Parenthood Federation of America "will file a lawsuit to stop this unconstitutional ban."

"Planned Parenthood is ready to fight it in the courts," Dr. Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said on a call with reporters Wednesday morning.

Separate from any delays prompted from legal challenges, it will take at least six months for the law to go into effect.

Alabama is just the latest state to put an abortion restriction into law, following Georgia's governor recently signing a so-called "heartbeat" bill into law, making it illegal to have an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected which can come as early as six weeks into apregnancy.

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