Alabama could enact the strictest abortion ban in the nation. That includes Georgia, where Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a "heartbeat bill" into law on Tuesday. Which is why it's extra crucial to pay attention to whether it makes it to the Supreme Court, and how similar bills are being handled in other states, we still have Roe V. Wade protecting us right now, but under the current administration we can not take that for granted.
The legislation makes abortion a crime at any stage of pregnancy, with the only exception for a serious threat to the health of the woman.
Just this year, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and OH have outlawed abortion after a doctor can detect an embryonic heartbeat.
"Our bill says that baby in the womb is a person", said Republican Rep. Terri Collins, the bill's sponsor, said in an interview.
The high court, now with a majority of conservative justices after Republican President Donald Trump appointed two, could possibly overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision establishing a woman's right to an abortion. "I can't imagine having fallen pregnant and being FORCED BY LAW to carry his baby to term, and see someone who looked like him every day, otherwise I can get the death penalty?!" Those who perform abortions would be criminally charged and could face between 10 and 99 years in prison if convicted.
Jamil also clarified that her tweet wasn't meant to denigrate foster homes, writing, "I'm in awe of people who take in children in need of a family and a home: but if Georgia becomes inundated with children who are unwanted or unable to be cared for, it will be hard to find great fostering for them all".More news: UAE Says 3 Western Countries Part of Probe into Attack on Ships
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An attempt to add an exemption for rape is expected during the debate Tuesday night.
"You don't have to provide for that child".
(b) A person convicted of the offense of criminal abortion shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years. "Let's be honest, banning abortion does not stop abortion".
Similarly restrictive abortion bans in Kentucky and MS already are before the courts, and lawmakers in Alabama are fully aware that judges are likely to intervene.
Ivey has not publicly said whether she will sign the bill if it's approved by lawmakers. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama said a complaint is being drafted to challenge the ban.