Democrats along with abortion advocates have reacted intensely to a bill passed in Alabama that would ban abortion in nearly all cases.
Alabama’s state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday to outlaw nearly all abortions, creating exceptions only to protect the mother’s health. This is a part of a multi-state effort to have the U.S. Supreme Court reconsider a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.
This bill is now the country’s strictest abortion law and it was previously approved by the Alabama House of Representatives. It will now go to Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who has withheld comment on whether she would sign but is generally a strong opponent of abortion.
“Women’s rights are under attack,” wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, in a tweet. “This relentless and cruel Republican assault on women’s health is designed to force a court battle to destroy Roe v. Wade. Democrats will be ready to defend health care and women’s reproductive freedom.”
There were other high-profile Democrats who joined the outcry on Twitter, denouncing the move by Alabama’s Republican-controlled state government.
“Outrageous news coming out of Alabama. This law would effectively ban abortions in the state and criminalize doctors for doing their jobs – providing health care to women,” wrote Senator Kamala Harris, one of the group running as a Democrat in the 2020 presidential election.
“Alabama just passed a near-total ban on abortion. No exceptions for rape or incest. Doctors could face 99 years in prison for providing abortions. This is a war on women, and it is time to fight like hell,” wrote Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat who is also running for president.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, also seeking the Democrat nomination, also added her thoughts: “This ban is dangerous and exceptionally cruel—and the bill’s authors want to use it to overturn Roe v. Wade. I’ve lived in that America and let me tell you: We are not going back—not now, not ever. We will fight this. And we will win.”
Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a former Texas Congressman and 2020 hopeful, wrote: “HB 314 is not only unconstitutional – it’s a radical attack on women across Alabama and America. We won’t back down when it comes to fully protecting Roe v. Wade, fighting dangerous efforts to roll back reproductive health care and defending a woman’s right to access an abortion.”
ollywood celebrities joined the hue and cry as well.
Legislation to limit abortion rights has been introduced this year in 16 states, four of whose governors have signed bills banning abortion if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected.
The Alabama bill goes further, banning abortions at any time. Those performing abortions would be committing a felony, punishable by 10 to 99 years in prison. A woman who receives an abortion would not be held criminally liable.
The Republican-controlled Alabama Senate also defeated a Democratic amendment that would have allowed legal abortions for women and girls impregnated by rape and incest.
Alabama’s State Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton harshly criticized the measure after the body rejected an amendment that would add an exception in the case of rape or incest.
“You don’t care anything about babies having babies in this state, being raped and incest,” Singleton said. “You just aborted the state of Alabama with your rhetoric with this bill.”
“You just raped Alabama with this bill,” he added.
Credit: Daily Mail