May 19-20 Abortion News
Alabama Abortion Law Faces Lawsuit
On May 24 2019, The ACLU and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit asking a judge to block the Alabama law that makes abortions illegal except in cases of medical emergencies with no exceptions for rape or incest. The includes a felony for doctors performing unlawful abortions.
Make no mistake: Abortion remains – and will remain – safe and legal in Alabama. With this lawsuit, we are seeking a court order to make sure this law never takes affect.-Randall Marshall, Executive Director of the ACLU of Alabama
The lawsuit asserts that the law, scheduled to go into effect November 2019, would put women in to position to give birth against their will. Doctor Yashica Robinson, an obstetrician, claims the law “further shames” women who want to have abortions and “punishes providers like myself, and stigmatizes essential health care.”
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Terri Collins admits the Alabama law serves as “a vehicle to challenge the constitutional abomination known as Roe v. Wade.”
Source: Associated Press
Mississippi Abortion Law Goes to Court
On May 20, 2019, Governor Phil Bryant signed SB 2116 into law. The state now begins the process of defending the merits of the new law to limit abortion.
Center for Reproductive Rights is challenging the law. The hearing took place on the 21st of May. If the ruling goes against the state, the law will not go into effect. an appeal is expected if the ruling is not in the state’s favor.
This is not the first time the state has been in this position. In 2018, Bryant signed an abortion ban that included a 15-week limit, which was ruled unconstitutional.
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