Gov. Kay Ivey put his signature on the country’s toughest anti-abortion law, a move that sparked widespread comment and ultimately legal action over the measure’s constitutionality.
The measure, approved by the Alabama Senate Tuesday night, deems it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion or attempt to perform an abortion in the state. The woman would not be held criminally responsible.
The abortion ban does not include exceptions for victims of rape or incest, but allows the procedure to be carried out in cases of serious risk to the health of the mother.
The ban drew waves of commentary from experts, celebrities and politicians.
Actress and native of Alabama Courteney Cox
Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren
The artist Lady Gaga
Alabama Senator Doug Jones
“Since the election of President Donald Trump, opponents of abortion have been pushing increasingly stringent bills at the state level, hoping to capitalize on a friendly administration and possibly challenge the Roe deer. But the Alabama bill could test the limits of that strategy.
Religious leader Franklin Graham
“I am grateful to Governor Kay Ivey, she is a governor with guts! And I am grateful to all the lawmakers in Alabama who had the audacity to vote for this legislation enacting a near total ban on the killing of babies by abortion in their state. Governor Ivey said: “This legislation is a powerful testimony to the Alabamians’ deep conviction that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.” I hope and pray that many other governors will be encouraged by his boldness and do the same. “
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“Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Mississippi have all passed bills, but they’re slightly less restrictive and allow abortions up to week six of pregnancy or when a fetal heartbeat is detected.”
Actress Sarah Silverman
“The sponsor of a bill that will affect the way real women live their real lives would rather focus on overthrowing Roe deer than protecting women, even rape victims. It was not enough to pass an unconstitutional law. It had to be unconstitutional and heartless. Well, at least those pretexts to protect mothers are gone now. “
New York Democratic Senator and Senatorial Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Actor Chelsea Handler
Artist John Legend
Actress Reese Witherspoon
Actress Kerry Washington
“Many critics of the bill say it is part of a constellation of Republican policies that punish and disenfranchise non-white, poor, and female residents of the state, and note that the same lawmakers who come forward as “pro-life” have done nothing to address the fact that the state has one of the worst infant and maternal mortality rates in the country. “
Hip hop dancer and Alabama native Stephen Twitch Boss
Producer Andy Cohen
“A Fox News poll in February found voters were familiar with Roe v. Wade, and 48% said they were “extremely” or “very” familiar with the decision while the same number was “somewhat” or “not at all”. familiar with the matter. What’s more, 57 percent of voters say the Supreme Court should leave the 46-year-old ruling in power; this number climbs to 68% among those who know the case.
Comedian and speaker Patton Oswalt
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano
Alabama Democratic Party
“Tuesday, May 14, 2019 was a tragic day for women in Alabama. Not only have Republicans in the legislature banned access to safe and legal abortion in our state, they even removed the small concession that many Republican “cavemen” are ready to support … except in cases of rape or incest.
The prehistoric reference to “cavemen” is intentional because these Republican lawmakers (and a few women) might as well have hit the women and girls of Alabama on the head with a club and dragged us into a coma through. the woods in their caves.
Republicans obviously don’t trust women to think for themselves and make their own decisions about reproductive health. Republicans are even suspicious of medical professionals to consult and administer health care to women. But Republicans must favor the “alley quacks” who will now perform unsafe and illegal abortions throughout Alabama.
These Republican “cavemen” have thrown the Alabama females at any animal hiding inside the caves. On the other hand, Democrats trust women and believe in our intelligence to make good decisions about reproductive health. Democrats support reproductive choice …. that means choosing NOT to abort, as well as choosing to have one.
We can be anti-abortion and pro-choice! The key word is CHOICE.
When small groups of people start making health care decisions for the rest of us, dangerous things can and do happen. Just read the stories of the government syphilis experimentation and studies in Tuskegee, Alabama. Ask these anti-women Republican lawmakers if they want a small group of Democratic government agents to prescribe their daily medications.
Ask Republicans if the state’s Democratic Executive Council needs to determine whether they receive treatment for prostate cancer or uterine cancer. Yes, Republicans in Alabama will hit their chest and roar at the masses that Alabama will be the state to challenge Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court.
As the masses applaud as millions of their taxes are spent on these legal challenges, their children will be sitting in overcrowded classrooms using outdated technology, their hospitals will close, and their county’s nursing homes will be too expensive to afford. use, and their jobs will be taken over by robots and they cannot get training for a new job. AND, their daughters will get pregnant and have unwanted babies while Republican lawmakers take their daughters to California for a safe and legal abortion. “