A lawsuit was filed by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday in opposition to the abortion ban proposed by the state of Alabama. The ban was recently signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey but has not yet become active.
House Bill 314 is also known as the ‘Human Life Protection Act.’ The legislation seeks to ban all abortions except in cases where serious health risk is posed to the mother. In addition to this, the bill criminalizes the abortion process and threatens doctors who perform the procedure with up to 99 years in prison.
Many who oppose the bill are horrified that no concessions are made for women or girls who are the victim of incest or rape, reports apnews.com.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of a week’s worth of protests throughout the country. Protestors have been adamant in the stand they have taken against the anti-abortion legislation that has been proposed and passed in Alabama and other parts of the country. More than 400 rallies were held on Tuesday alone in response to what abortion supporters see as an all-out assault on the abortion process.
A Tweet from Planned Parenthood characterized the ban in Alabama as an attack on both Constitutional and reproductive rights. The organization also reminded lawmakers they would sue in response to the attacks.
Staci Fox is the CEO and president of the southeast branch of Planned Parenthood. Fox explains abortions have been performed in a safe and legal manner in America for 45 years. She says Planned Parenthood has no intentions on seeing any part of this equation altered.
The near-total abortion ban proposed by Alabama is more extreme than any other legislature proposed since the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling made by the Supreme Court. In the ruling, the nation’s highest court protected the right of women to receive abortions. Supporters of the ruling are hoping the Supreme Court will step in once again.
The Supreme Court has shied away from the topic in recent years but the make-up of the court has changed recently. Many anti-abortion activists see the appointment of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh as an opportunity to have the court revisit the issue and rule in their favor.
Mississippi, Ohio, Kentucky, and Georgia have all passed laws banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. This happens usually around six weeks into a pregnancy and many women are unaware that they are pregnant at this point.