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Abortion Bans in Alabama and Fundamentalist Religion


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/06/06

The Governor of Alabama signed a bill that bans almost all abortions within the state. These can include cases of incest and rape. In those instances, this amounts to a “latest challenge by conservatives to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision establishing a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.”

Abortion activists within the U.S. have been working to block the enforcement of the state-based measure to prevent abortion measures in Alabama, along the lines of the high levels of restrictiveness seen in the bill. Some may see these as state level attempts to circumnavigate or circumvent the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling.

It is an emotionally turbulent subject matter for many American citizens, men and women. But this measure in Alabama would amount to amongst the most restrictive measures in the United States as a whole, if not the most restrictive in regards to abortion laws, etc.

Republican Governor Kay Ivey signed the measure into law, which is in a Republican controlled state Senate.

“To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” Ivey stated.

Some see this as a duty of God. Others see this as a “war on women, to quote California Governor Gavin Newsom.

In 16 states in the United States, there have been the introduction of legislation intended to restrict the rights of women in terms of abortion rights or, more generally, reproductive rights.

As reported, “Planned Parenthood joined the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday in filing a legal challenge to Ohio’s recent ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.”

The bill in Alabama goes much farther and would ban abortion any time; only excluding if the mother’s life is in danger at the time.

The physicians who conduct abortions would be given a 99-year prison sentence (up to that long) and the women receive the abortion would be criminally liable.

Some see these as extreme. They are part and parcel of a fundamentalist religious effort ongoing in 2019, and prior to it, to restrict the abortion rights of women and the right to bodily autonomy of women.


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