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In the U.S. state of Alabama, a controversial piece of legislation just got passed, which turned a tide on America’s final Supreme Court ruling in the historic case of Roe v. Wade.
On May 14, 2019, Alabama’s HB314 in the state legislature was passed by the Alabama Senate after a 25-6 vote was finalized. Republicans dominate Alabama’s state legislature on the House and Senate side. This mandate decrees that abortions performed at any stage of pregnancy in the state of Alabama are now considered felonies.
Tragic instances such as [email protected] or incest do not qualify as decriminalized abortion reasons under Alabama’s new mandate.
Alabama’s House of Representatives wrote this bill (HB314) and the Alabama Senate approved it. Alabama’s governor Kay Ivey put the icing on the cake by signing HB314 into law on May 15, 2019. However, when the changing demographics of Alabama are put under the microscope, it becomes evident that this law targets black women.
According to the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research, 26 percent of the state’s population is black. The University of Alabama’s research center has predicted that the state’s female population will be dominated by black women if current population trends continue within the next 10 to 20 years.
“Alabama’s abortion ban threatens the health, rights, and lives of Black women across the state. Alabama already suffers from a dire OB-GYN shortage and skyrocketing infant and maternal mortality rates — Black women are dying from cervical cancer, at twice the rate of white women, and from pregnancy and childbirth more than four times as often.
“But in the face of public health crises that are killing our mothers, our sisters, and our friends, Alabama politicians are focused on controlling our health care decisions and jailing our doctors –– instead of saving our lives. Abortion, birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and STI treatment are all part of the full breadth of maternal and reproductive health care.” (BET)
In retaliation to Alabama’s controversial nearly total abortion ban, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has drafted a lawsuit, which cites the Alabama governor and state’s legislature’s actions as unconstitutional.
“The ACLU of Alabama, along with the National ACLU and Planned Parenthood, will file a lawsuit to stop this unconstitutional ban and protect every woman’s right to make her own choice about her healthcare, her body, and her future,” wrote Randal Marshall in a statement.
Mr. Marshall is executive director of the ACLU of Alabama. He plans to use his position to aggressively fight Alabama’s new abortion mandate.
“This bill will not take effect anytime in the near future, and abortion will remain a safe, legal medical procedure at all clinics in Alabama,” Mr. Marshall continued.