Rihanna Slams Alabama Governor for Abortion Ban

Cheryl Sanders
May 18, 2019

Performing an abortion will become a Class A felony - punishable by a life sentence or 10 to 99 years in prison - and attempting to perform an abortion will become a Class C felony, punishable by a prison sentence between one and 10 years. Many of these bills are a direct affront to Black women and women of color who lack access to sufficient health care due to income inequality and health care access through full-time employment.

The Missouri House passed a bill on Friday banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, making it the latest U.S. state to pass restrictions on ending a pregnancy.

The new law has been described as the nation's most restrictive abortion legislation under the Alabama Human Life Protection Act.

I'll be blunt: It just might work. They would also prohibit states from "interfering in the ability of a patient to access medical care, including abortion services". Alabama signed into law on Wednesday the most drastic rollback yet. Exceptions are allowed in certain scenarios: when either the mother's life is at risk; if the fetus' condition would result in a stillbirth or death after birth; or "when a mental illness could lead to the woman's death or that of her child", The Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Seventy-one percent of Americans, including 52 percent of Republicans, oppose overturning Roe v. Wade. Warren also proposed repealing the Hyde Amendment, "which blocks abortion coverage for women under federally funded health care programs like Medicaid, the VA, and the Indian Health Service". Doctors who perform abortions after eight weeks would face up to 15 years in prison. The bill has been sent to the governor for signing.

The Democrats running for their party's 2020 presidential nomination took to social media to declare that the law "extreme" and an "utter disgrace".

The bills, along with similar proposals now under consideration in more than a dozen other states, are the latest effort by conservatives to challenge Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision from 1973, which said a woman has a constitutional right to end a pregnancy until the fetus is developed enough to live outside the uterus.

"My goal with this bill, and I think all of our goal, is to have Roe v. Wade turned over, and that decision be sent back to the states", said Alabama state Senator Terri Collins, a sponsor of the bill.

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