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On Tuesday, the Alabama state legislature passed a bill effectively banning abortion in the state, but with an underlying goal of challenging the legal precedent across the country: overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.
The bill now goes to the desk of Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who is expected to sign it into law. According to the text of the bill itself, abortion and attempted abortion are felony offenses, “except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.” The doctor performing the abortion would be criminally liable, not the mother.
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The bill’s sponsor, Republican Alabama State Rep. Terri Collins, said her goal was to challenge the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling. “My goal with this bill, and I think all of our goal[s], is to have Roe v. Wade turned over, and that decision be sent back to the states so that we can come up with our laws that address and include amendments and things that address those issues,” she said.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama wasted no time in helping Collins reach her goal. They vowed to file a lawsuit as soon as the bill is signed into law.
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An amendment proposed by Alabama Democrats sought to allow abortions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest, but it failed 21-11. The tactic of prohibiting abortion in nearly all circumstances and providing only one exception seems to be a direct aim at challenging the heart of Roe: the idea that laws cannot place an “undue burden” on access to abortion.
Other states are rapidly passing laws that challenge Roe‘s standard, which allowed abortion nationwide up until the point at which a baby could be born and survive outside the womb, or around 24 weeks into a pregnancy. “Heartbeat bills” which...
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