Last night we reported that the Alabama Senate passed a near-total abortion ban in a 25 to 6 vote, and the next step was in the governor’s hands. Well, it looks like Alabama’s governor Kay Ivey didn’t take too much time before signing the ban into law.
As we previously mentioned, the ban makes abortion a felony and any doctor to perform the procedure can face up to 99 years in prison. The abortion would only be necessary “in order to prevent a serious health risk to the woman,” but rape and incest are not exceptions.
According to ABC News, in her statement announcing her decision, Governor Ivey said that the bill “was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers,” of the state legislatures.
She continued to state, “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.”
Rep. Terri Collins reportedly told ABC News that the bill was written with hopes that the bill would 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.”
As previously reported by CNN, the bill would not become effective until six months after being signed.
Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God. https://t.co/DwKJyAjSs8 pic.twitter.com/PIUQip6nmw
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) May 15, 2019
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