The new onslaught on Roe v. Wade

Clay Curtis
May 18, 2019

The 31-year-old singer joins the likes of Lady Gaga, John Legend, Cara Delevingne and more in protesting the controversial Alabama Human Life Protection Act, which was signed this week. The draconian bills both states recently passed reveal the legal strategy at work here: Even if the court of appeals and Supreme Court do not let these highly restrictive laws stand, the states are giving the court cover to dramatically cut back on reproductive rights without having to explicitly overturn Roe.

Alabama's Republican governor has signed the nation's strictest abortion ban into law, making performing an abortion a felony in almost all cases, punishable by up to life in prison, and with no exceptions for rape and incest.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., also parted ways with Alabama lawmakers on the issue, although he did not specifically weigh in on the new law.

As passed, the law would take effect in six months.

Donations to abortion rights and pro-choice groups have skyrocketed in the wake of the introduction of the most restrictive abortion bill in the US earlier this week.

"This comprehensive, life-affirming legislation prohibits abortions once a heartbeat has been detected, prohibits abortions when a baby is capable of feeling pain and would outlaw abortion in Missouri upon the reversal of Roe v. Wade", the statement read. "Second, they must prohibit states from interfering in the ability of a patient to access medical care, including abortion services, from a provider that offers them".

Georgia, Kentucky and MS also passed fetal heartbeat laws this year. For people with wealth, there will be good options, including traveling (in secret if necessary) to a place where abortion is safe and legal to obtain the procedure.

Now, a similar law in Louisiana has come before the court. It was updated on May 15 to include more recent developments. The current sex education laws in Alabama are not as consistent or regulated across the state - much of the curriculum centers around abstinence, which has been shown by research to not lower teen pregnancy rates.

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"Even if the Supreme Court doesn't overrule Roe immediately, it could use these laws as an excuse to continue chipping away at this precedent", the senator wrote.

LGBTI Americans, who are more likely to be poor, are more likely to rely on health clinics yhat provide abortion access for women, according to the National LGBTQ Task Force. What we should worry about is that right now, women in a rapidly increasing number of states are being told that one of the most personal decisions about their bodies isn't theirs to make.

The near-total abortion ban passed by the Alabama Legislature and signed into law this week was a major topic of conversation among students at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

The bill, which was filed in January, has not yet been scheduled for a hearing, although sponsors indicate there could be hearings in the fall.

Many said that while they consider themselves pro-life, this law goes too far. The bill actually says, more than once, a woman who seeks or receives an abortion will not be held liable in any way.

"I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother, and that's what I've voted on", McCarthy said at a weekly news conference. But the bottom line is that abortions should not take rape and incest to be valid.

Since then, celebrities like Jameela Jamil and Ashley Judd have also tweeted the tag, along with scores of less famous women sharing the story of their abortion.

Burke added the controversy surrounding the pro-choice and pro-life debate goes beyond abortion itself.

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