Reaction to Alabama’s new abortion law

Abortion ban impact

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The spotlight is on Alabama after the state legislature approved and Governor Kay Ivey signed into law outlawing most abortions in the state.

The law makes it a felony to perform an abortion, except where the life of the mother is at risk. Lawmakers rejected an exemption for rape or incest.

“If that exception had gone into the bill, it would have killed the bill. The bill is based on personhood. If you are conceived by consent, rape, or incest, you are still a person,” Eric Johnston, an attorney who wrote the law said.

Those who run healthcare clinics for women are reacting. “For me as a provider, it’s business as usual. I am going to continue to provide care as long as I can for my patients,” Dr. Yashica Robinson said.

The director of the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville says there will be legal challenges filed putting the new law on hold until the federal courts rule.

Dr. Robinson fears if the law is upheld, it will lead to illegal, unsafe abortions putting women at risk. “If there is a woman who has decided she can not or does not want to be pregnant, she will find the care she needs or she will find that abortion procedure,” Robinson said.

Johnston said he does not know how the high court will rule, but Alabama lawmakers may have to make additional healthcare available. “If the law is upheld and abortion is removed, then the legislature will need to act to provide better healthcare for women. Particularly poor families and so forth,” Johnston said.

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