The NYT reports: "The legislation bans abortions at every stage of pregnancy and criminalizes the procedure for doctors, who could be charged with felonies and face up to 99 years in prison". Democrats re-introduced an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, but the motion failed on an 11-21 vote. After Alabama's State Senate passed a bill banning almost all abortions, including those necessitated by cases of rape or incest, actor Chris Evans took to Twitter to slam the "absolutely unbelievable" news. "They love to champion themselves as defenders of children by fighting to make abortion illegal, but when it comes to education, health care and other concerns, especially of our most vulnerable children, wealthier Alabamians and the Legislature couldn't care less".
The bill does not make any other exceptions for women and girls who fall pregnant, including in cases of rape or incest.
Michigan's Republican-led Legislature is poised to vote to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, pushing ahead with legislation that would likely be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
While states controlled by Republicans continue their determined effort to roll back constitutional abortion rights, ME and other states are doing their part to guarantee access to the medical procedure. Georgia previously banned abortions after 20 weeks. This ruling also prohibited regulations from placing an "undue burden" on a woman's access to abortion. The decision permits abortions only when it's necessary to save the mother's life.
According to AL.com, "In 2016 the state paid the ACLU and Planned Parenthood $1.7 million after a law was passed requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges was struck down as unconstitutional".
CBS News' Marc Liverman joined CBSN AM with the state's effort to overturn Roe V. Wade.
They have been emboldened after the top court swung conservative after President Donald Trump named two judges to it.In supporting the bill, Republican state Senator Clyde Chambliss admitted the whole point is "so that we can go directly to the Supreme Court to challenge Roe versus Wade". "There are now five votes on the court to overturn Roe V. Wade. I think that this is just a disgusting bill and hopefully if it gets to that level-to the Supreme Court-[then] the Supreme Court will not select this as a test case".
Other conservative states have passed laws that will also face legal challenges.
The recent wave of restrictions is due primarily to changes in the supreme court, which is made up of nine justices.
The bill would come into effect if a federal appeals court or the US Supreme Court allows its enforcement.
Judicial supremacy - the fallacious notion that the constitutional prognostications of a bare majority of the U.S. Supreme Court are equated with the Constitution itself and thus trigger Article VI's Supremacy Clause - is textually and structurally specious.