Local reaction to Alabama’s new abortion law

Published: May. 16, 2019 at 10:17 PM CDT
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INDIANA (WFIE) - Alabama’s new abortion law is igniting an emotionally charged debate, even in the Tri-State.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law Wednesday afternoon a bill that bans nearly all abortions.

The Alabama legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, a measure that makes performing abortion a felony at any stage of pregnancy with almost no exceptions.

The bill makes performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony unless the mother’s life is in danger.

Indiana’s Right to Life CEO, Mike Fichter said a federal ban on abortions is coming, but not out of Alabama.

“We believe the law that will reverse Roe v. Wade," Fichter said. "We really believe it’s going to come out of Indiana. But again, we think it’s already there. We think it’s at the doorstep right now with the ultrasound appeal as well as the Dignity for the Unborn Act appeal. We’re just waiting on the court to decide whether they’ll hear both of those. If they do, we think it’s a very clear signal that they’re ready to reverse Roe.”

A spokesperson for Indiana’s Planned Parenthood responded, not so fast.

“Yes, Roe is in the cross hairs right now, but that means we will not give up and we will not back down," said Wanda Savala, public relations manager for Indiana Planned Parenthood.

Despite being signed into law, the Alabama’s abortion legislation doesn’t go into effect for six months. Lawsuits to block it from ever becoming active have already been promised.

The American Civil Liberties Union says it will sue again to stop the latest law from going into effect.

Randall Marshall, Executive Director of ACLU of Alabama released this statement Wednesday evening: “By signing this bill, the governor and her colleagues in the state legislature have decided to waste millions in Alabama taxpayer dollars in order to defend a bill that is simply a political effort to overturn 46 years of precedent that has followed the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. We will not allow that to happen, and we will see them in court. Despite the governor signing this bill, clinics will remain open, and abortion is still a safe, legal medical procedure at all clinics in Alabama."

Asked about legal fees from a fight, Ivey said “You certainly cannot deter your efforts to protect the unborn because of costs, even if it means going to the United States Supreme Court.”

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