Alabama abortion law challenged in planned Parenthood lawsuit

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Challengers are the tee, a fight to the new restrictive abortion bill signed into law in the state of Alabama; Jonathan Serrie reports.

The American Civil Liberties Union and planned Parenthood filed a Federal lawsuit on Friday in an attempt to block Alabama’s strictest-in-the-nation ban on abortion, touching off a legal battle that could eventually land before the Supreme court.

The lawsuit, filed in the name of the abortion provider, said the new law “directly conflicts” with the Roe v. Wade decision and “more than four decades of Supreme Court precedent, Reaffirming its Central holding” on the right to abortion.


“For over 46 years — since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade — the U.S. law has recognized that the fundamental constitutional right, the fundamentally important and personal decision, to quit whether or not, a pregnancy,” reads the lawsuit.

The Alabama law would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a crime with a custodial sentence of up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be if the woman’s health is in serious danger.

The law is set to take effect in November, unless blocked by a judge. The lawsuit, filed in Federal court in Alabama, asks the court to block the law, and declared it to be unconstitutional.


The Alabama law was only the last, albeit the most stringent anti – abortion measure passed at the state level in the last few months. It comes as conservative lawmakers prepare for a possible battle on the question before the Supreme court where a conservative majority has, during the Trump administration.

The Alabama bill’s sponsor has acknowledged the aims far-reaching legislation on the sparking a new Supreme Court to review the landmark Roe v. Wade.

The governors of Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, and Georgia approved bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. The Alabama law, one of the few areas of consensus in the abortion debate — the granting of exceptions in anti-abortion laws for rape and incest, the, the Alabama legislation does not seem to shake them.

None of the laws has become effective and all of the expected blocks to be, through the courts, how the legal challenges play out, with an ultimate eye on the Supreme court.

“The American people want achieved a fresh debate and a new direction in the consensus and built on the love for mothers and babies. The time comes for the Supreme court to let the debate go forward,” Marjorie then felser, President of the pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement, according to the Alabama law.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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