October 30, 2019

Alabama Abortion Ban Blocked by Courts. Legislators Welcome Decision and Plan to Challenge Roe v. Wade.

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An Alabama law that was planned to go into effect November 15 was blocked by a preliminary injunction from U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson after the ACLU went to court to stop it. Alabama legislators welcome the decision and plan to use the injunction to take the abortion issue up to the Supreme Court to challenge Roe v. Wade.

Alabama passed the Human Life Protection Act in May; a law that banned abortion at all gestational ages except to “avert (a mother’s) death or to avert serious risk of substantial physical impairment of a major bodily function.” There is also an exception if a licensed psychiatrist diagnoses a mental illness and has a “reasonable medical judgment that she will engage in conduct that could result in her death or the death of her unborn child.”

Republican state Rep. Terri Collins said in a statement,
“Our law was designed to overturn Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court level, and today’s ruling is merely the first of many steps on that legal journey. I remain confident that our mission will be successful and appreciate the support of millions of citizens who support our effort to preserve unborn life.”
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has also declared that he will work to bring the case all the way to the supreme court.

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