Tons of of demonstrators marched to the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest the state’s newly authorised abortion ban, chanting “My physique, my selection!” and “Vote them out!”
The demonstration got here days after Gov. Kay Ivey signed probably the most stringent abortion legislation within the nation — making performing an abortion a felony in practically all instances until mandatory for the mom’s well being. The legislation supplies no exception for rape and incest.
“Banning abortion doesn’t cease abortion. It stops secure abortion,” mentioned Staci Fox, CEO and president of Deliberate Parenthood Southeast, addressing the cheering crowd exterior the Alabama Capitol.
Alabama is a part of a wave of conservative states in search of to mount new authorized modifications to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Courtroom resolution that legalized abortion nationwide. Governors in Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have authorised bans on abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, which might occur as early because the sixth week of being pregnant.
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Not one of the legal guidelines has truly taken impact, and all are anticipated to be blocked by the courts because the authorized challenges play out with an final eye on the Supreme Courtroom.
Marchers on Sunday mentioned the measures have energized supporters of legalized abortion, they usually say they’re digging in for a authorized and political struggle.
Carrying an orange signal with a coat hanger and the caption “No By no means Once more,” 69-year-old Deborah Corridor of Montgomery mentioned she remembers life earlier than Roe v. Wade and might’t imagine the push to return there.
“I had buddies who had unlawful abortions and barely survived,” mentioned Corridor, who, for a time, ran a clinic in Montgomery that supplied abortion, contraception and different companies.
“I nonetheless can’t imagine it. It’s actually a scary time for everyone,” she mentioned of the push to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Amanda Reyes, who runs Yellowhammer Fund, a nonprofit that gives funding to assist low-income ladies acquire abortions, mentioned donations have begun streaming in since passage of the Alabama invoice.
Teams this week paid for a small airplane carrying a banner “Abortion is OK!” to circle the Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion.
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The Alabama legislation would make it a felony, punishable by as much as 99 years or life in jail, to carry out an abortion. There can be no punishment for the girl receiving the abortion.
However the protest exterior the Capitol Sunday is available in a state the place a majority of voters lately agreed to place anti-abortion language within the Alabama structure. Fifty-nine per cent of state voters in November authorised the constitutional modification saying the state acknowledges the rights of the “unborn.”
“To the invoice’s many supporters, this laws stands as a robust testomony to Alabamians’ deeply held perception that each life is valuable and that each life is a sacred present from God,” Ivey mentioned in an announcement after signing the ban into legislation.
The Alabama legislation has additionally come below criticism by some conservatives who’ve expressed discomfort by the shortage of exceptions for rape and incest.
President Donald Trump, whereas not mentioning Alabama’s legislation, wrote in a weekend tweet that he’s strongly “pro-life” however favours exceptions.
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“As most individuals know, and for individuals who want to know, I’m strongly Professional-Life, with the three exceptions — Rape, Incest and defending the Lifetime of the mom — the identical place taken by Ronald Reagan,” Trump wrote in a sequence of tweets.
Rep. Terri Collins, the sponsor of the Alabama legislation, mentioned the aim is to problem Roe v. Wade, and Alabama lawmakers can come again and add exemptions if states regain management of abortion entry.