UPDATED 8:16 AM PT — Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Lawmakers in Alabama recently voted to ban virtually all abortions in the state, setting up a likely challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court. The decision permits abortions only when it’s necessary to save the mother’s life. There is no exception given to victims of rape or incest, which is putting it at odds with federal law.
This marks the most restrictive abortion bill passed in the U.S. The move was headed by Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who is expected to sign the bill.
Nonetheless, Democrats in the state are outraged with the state’s Senate minority leader, Bobby Singleton, voicing his displeasure with the legislation.
“Well, you don’t care nothing about mothers of the state of Alabama, we don’t care nothing about whether men take advantage of women and rape them…and you still want them to have a child of that bad act…you just aborted the state of Alabama,” stated Singleton.
Those who backed the law said they don’t expect the measure to go into effect. Instead, they see it as a broader strategy to convince the Supreme Court to reconsider the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide.