Alabama's state Senate voted and approved one of the most controversial and restrictive abortion laws in the country. The bill, which bans all abortions except for those deemed truly necessary to save the life of the mother, now awaits Republican Gov. Kay Ivey's signature.
Supporters of the legislation say it would restrict the use of a "barbaric" procedure they call "dismemberment" abortion, a nonmedical term for dilation and evacuation. Although Republicans control the chamber, Senate Democrats still could wield the powerful filibuster tool to block votes. He said the law specifically bars abortions when a woman is "known to be pregnant", indicating that victims of crimes could get "treatment" ahead of a pregnancy test.
Bianca Cameron-Schwiesow, Kari Crowe and Margeaux Hardline, dressed as handmaids, take part in a protest against HB314, the abortion ban bill, at the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Alabama.
"This is a transparent effort to drum up political support for anti-abortion candidates in upcoming elections and serves as a direct threat to women's health, autonomy and pursuit of happiness", NOW said in a statement.
Tom McCluskey of March for Life Action said, "There's an optimism in the pro-life movement and a pessimism in the abortion movement".
The Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 made it legal to have an abortion nationwide by prohibiting states from banning abortions prior to when the fetus is deemed "viable", that is, potentially able to live outside its mother's womb.
Supporters say the bill is intentionally created to conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationally, because they hope to spark court cases that might prompt the justices to revisit abortion rights.More news: A Tiger Woods slam would set up controversial bettor for life
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There are four women serving in the state senate and all of them are Democrats who, along with their other Democratic colleagues, did not vote for the bill. But that would only kick in if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
And that, depressingly, is the text of a bill that only six people in the Alabaman State Senate thought worthy of voting against.
According to the New York Times, Johnston hopes that his bill will find itself in front of the Court instead of one of the six-week abortion bans that passed in Georgia, Mississippi, or OH, so that if the Alabama bill is upheld, it would represent an all-but-complete overturn of Roe.
Ivey has not commented on the bill but the Republican fixture in Alabama has long identified as anti-abortion and the bill's sponsor, Rep. Terri Collins, said she expects her to sign the legislation.
Courts have blocked bans on the procedure in other states, and the issue ultimately may be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Judicial supremacy - the fallacious notion that the constitutional prognostications of a bare majority of the U.S. Supreme Court are equated with the Constitution itself and thus trigger Article VI's Supremacy Clause - is textually and structurally specious.
Critics have promised a swift lawsuit.
If passed into law, the bill is likely to face a legal challenge by the ACLU and other groups who have vowed to sue.