The Alabama Senate approved a new law that bans all abortions in the state. Right now US Constitution provides all women with a fundamental “right to privacy” which means that the decision on whether or not to have an abortion is up to a pregnant woman. The new Alabama legislation outlaws abortions at every state of pregnancy, even if a woman was raped or became a victim of incest, and sets a term up to 99 years in prison for doctors performing abortions. The only exception is when a mother’s life is at risk. A woman getting an abortion would not be charged.
As the measure was approved by the House, now Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican, has to review it and Republicans expect her to be supportive of it. Ivey’s spokesperson said Wednesday that the Governor would “withhold comment until she has had a chance to thoroughly review the final version of the bill that passed.”
If the bill is signed it will take six months to take effect, but many abortion rights groups have already expressed their determination to sue.
The National Organization for Women claimed new Alabama’s law to be “unconstitutional.” Trying to defend women’s rights, actress Alyssa Milano has even started a strike on social media under hashtag #SexStrike. “Our reproductive rights are being erased,” posted Milano on Instagram. “Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back.”
“Our reproductive rights are being erased,” posted Milano on Instagram. “Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back”.
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