Republican Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act on Wednesday which effectively bans nearly all abortion in the state.
The law makes nearly all abortions in the state illegal and makes performing an abortion a felony offense punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The lone exception to the law is if a mother’s life is at risk. The Daily Wire reports:
While the law bans most abortions in Alabama, section 4b lists certain exceptions. “An abortion shall be permitted,” the law explains, “if an attending physician licensed in Alabama determines that an abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.” If the pregnancy poses a serious risk to the life of the mother, the law permits abortion.
Following the signing of the bill into law, Ivey released the following statement:
Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
To all Alabamians, I assure you that we will continue to follow the rule of law.
In all meaningful respects, this bill closely resembles an abortion ban that has been a part of Alabama law for well over 100 years. As today’s bill itself recognizes, that longstanding abortion law has been rendered “unenforceable as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.”
No matter one’s personal view on abortion, we can all recognize that, at least for the short term, this bill may similarly be unenforceable. As citizens of this great country, we must always respect the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court even when we disagree with their decisions. 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.
For the remainder of this session, I now urge all members of the Alabama Legislature to continue seeking the best ways possible to foster a better Alabama in all regards, from education to public safety. We must give every person the best chance for a quality life and a promising future.
Many lawmakers, like socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), sought to lie about the bill presumably in order to cause panic and public backlash. Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed that the bill would criminalize any woman who had an abortion. The Daily Wire adds:
Here again, in section 5, the law makes itself clear: “No woman upon whom an abortion is performed or attempted to be performed shall be criminally or civilly liable.” Doctors who perform abortions may face serious criminal consequences, but women will not.
This is a breaking news story, refresh the page for updates.