(Reuters) – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday was mulling whether or not to signal the US’ strictest abortion regulation, a part of a multistate effort to get the U.S. Supreme Court docket to rethink girls’s constitutional proper to abortion.
The U.S. Flag and Alabama State Flag fly over the Alabama Governor’s Mansion because the state Senate votes on the strictest anti-abortion invoice in the US on the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. Could 14, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry
The state’s Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday handed a invoice that will outlaw practically all abortions, together with within the circumstances of pregnancies that resulted from rape or incest, permitting exceptions solely to guard the mom’s well being.
The Republican governor is a robust opponent of abortion however has up to now withheld touch upon whether or not she would signal the invoice.
If Ivey indicators the invoice, the regulation would take impact six months later. However it’s sure to face authorized problem from abortion rights teams, which have vowed to sue.
Laws to limit abortion rights has been launched this yr in 16 states, 4 of whose governors have signed payments banning abortion if an embryonic heartbeat may be detected.
The Alabama invoice goes additional, banning abortions at any time. These performing abortions can be committing a felony, punishable by 10 to 99 years in jail. A lady who receives an abortion wouldn’t be held criminally liable.
The Senate defeated a Democratic modification that will have allowed authorized abortions for ladies and ladies impregnated by rape or incest.
Anti-abortion advocates know any legal guidelines they move are sure to be challenged. Courts this yr have blocked a restrictive Kentucky regulation and one other in Iowa handed final yr.
However supporters of the Alabama ban stated the precise to lifetime of the fetus transcends different rights, an concept they want examined on the Supreme Court docket.
The excessive courtroom, now with a majority of conservative justices after Republican President Donald Trump appointed two, might presumably overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark resolution establishing a lady’s proper to an abortion.
Simply this yr, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio have outlawed abortion after a health care provider can detect an embryonic heartbeat.
Opponents name the “heartbeat” laws a digital ban as a result of embryonic cardiac exercise may be detected as early as six weeks, earlier than a lady could also be conscious she is pregnant.
The Nationwide Group for Ladies denounced Alabama’s ban as unconstitutional.
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano has referred to as for a intercourse strike beneath the social media hashtag #SexStrike in response to the campaigns in opposition to abortion rights, urging girls to refuse intercourse with males “till we get bodily autonomy again.”
Reporting by Daniel Trotta in New York; Enhancing by Scott Malone and Jonathan Oatis