The state of Alabama has now passed a bill to criminalize abortion. Abortion was legalized in 1973 due to the Roe v Wade incident, but a 35 seat senate comprised almost entirely of men, is now looking to overturn the ruling. Governor Kay Ivey says that she’ll contemplate signing the bill when the final version has been reviewed. The bill is predicted to be rejected by lower courts, but the ultimate aim is for it to reach the Supreme Court.
Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth says that he is proud Alabama is at the forefront of this endeavour. Founder of the Alabama Pro-Life Coalition, Eric Johnston, says, “The dynamic has changed. The judges have changed, a lot of changes over that time, and so I think we’re at the point where we need to take a bigger and a bolder step.”
The bill’s details
Doctors who try to conduct an abortion will be looking at a prison sentence of 10 years. If they successfully perform an abortion, the punishment will essentially be a life sentence at 99 years. Woman won’t be considered culpable, and in circumstances that may threaten her life, abortion will still be permitted. Incest and rape cases would also be exemplary.
Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, and Mississippi also signed bills that would ban abortion if there was a detectable heartbeat, which is possible from the six week mark onwards. The bans are not in place just yet, but the objective is the same as that of the Alabama senate’s – to have the case reach the Supreme Court. The National Organization for Women stated that the ban is, “a transparent effort to drum up political support for anti-abortion candidates in upcoming elections.”
In 2018, 15 percent of American adults felt that abortion should be illegal no matter the situation, while 25 percent said that it should be legal regardless of the scenario. 22 percent said it should be illegal in the majority of cases, and 34 percent said that it should be legal in almost any context.