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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Signs Sweeping Abortion Ban

Tick tock Roe v. Wade?

Last night the Alabama State Senate passed HB 314, a sweeping abortion bill that bans all abortions at any stage of pregnancy. The bill makes performing an abortion a Class A felony, and attempting to perform an abortion a Class C felony. The sole exception to Alabama’s abortion ban is made for cases where the mother’s health is in danger.

There had been some speculation as to whether or not Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican, would sign such a bill into law. Ivey herself did not offer any indication as to whether or not she would sign HB 314 on Tuesday.

Just a few minutes ago Governor Kay Ivey released a statement indicating that she had, in fact, signed into law the most expansive abortion ban in the country.

Governor Ivey’s statement reads:

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 bill stands as a 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 law 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 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 the 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’s 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 of life and a promising future.

The Left will scream and spit unholy hellfire at Alabama and conservatives in general for this bill. Passing a law that protects the sanctity of human life, from before birth all the way until death, is the right thing to do, however.

Now it’s time to gear up for a SCOTUS battle like you’ve never seen before.

Update: Planned Parenthood Southeast responds.

Staci Fox’s statement reads:

We vowed to fight this dangerous abortion ban every step of the way and we meant what we said. We haven’t lost a case in Alabama yet and we don’t plan to start now. We will see Governor Ivey in court. In the meantime, abortion is still safe, legal, and available in the state of Alabama and we plan to keep it that way.

Alabama’s HB 314 will not take effect for six months. I’m sure the bill’s sponsors expected and welcome this move from Planned Parenthood.

We’ll see what happens when they end up in front of a very conservative Supreme Court.

 
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