Alabama governor signs bill banning nearly all abortion


Alabama’s governor on Wednesday signed into law the most restrictive abortion legislation in the nation, triggering a fight likely bound for the US Supreme Court.

Gov. Kay Ivey said the Alabama Human Life Protection Act “stands as a powerful testament to Alabamian’s deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”

The law, which goes into effect in six months, makes abortion a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors.

It bans the medical procedure in nearly all cases — even rape and incest — with an exception only if pregnancy would pose a “serious health risk” to the woman.

The sponsors of the bill have said their intent is to challenge Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court.

“The heart of this bill is to confront a decision that was made by the courts in 1973 that said the baby in the womb is not a person,” the bill’s sponsor, Representative Terri Collins said last week. “The heart of this bill is to confront a decision that was made by the courts in 1973 that said the baby in the womb is not a person.”