Alabama governor signs controversial abortion ban bill into law

Alabama abortion doctors could face up to 99 years in jail in newly approved state abortion ban

The Alabama House passed a near-total abortion ban, refusing to allow an amendment for cases of rape and incest. The bill’s author said the legislation is a “direct attack” on Roe v. Wade.

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs new abortion restrictions into law on May 15, 2019.OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR OF ALABAMA

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey just signed the state’s controversial near-total abortion ban. The new law is the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.

The legislation — House Bill 314, “Human Life Protection Act” — bans all abortions in the state except when “abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk” to the woman, according to the bill’s text. It criminalizes the procedure, reclassifying abortion as a Class A felony.

 

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