Alabama has just passed a zero tolerance anti abortion bill. Put simply, abortions are illegal under the bill, regardless of the reason. Doctors performing abortions can face up to 99 years in prison.
GOP conservative legislators hope the legal challenges to their zero tolerence bill lands them in the Suprem Court of The United States. They hope the Court will overturn the long standing Roe vs. Wade decision. No matter what happens, this effort may end up backfiring on the GOP conservatives pushing this agenda.
(The Chicago Tribune) “The state “fetal heartbeat” laws manifest the hope that the court is ready to uphold restrictions that would have been struck down before. State Rep. Terri Collins, sponsor of the Alabama bill, which has no exception for rape or incest, was candid about her purpose. ‘This bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn,’ she said.
Tragic as her legislation would be for Alabama women, it should be a political boon for Democrats in 2020. Independent voters and moderates can’t ignore the ominous threat to reproductive freedom. They have to realize that the court may give carte blanche to legislatures in Alabama and elsewhere — making it imperative to elect abortion rights supporters at every level.
Extending the Republican hold on the White House, it’s clear, could permanently entomb the constitutional right to abortion by ensuring a lasting, lopsided conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Anyone who favors legal abortion will have a powerful motive to vote Democratic next year and beyond.
The ‘heartbeat’ bills provide additional motivation. Public support for abortion rights is highest when it’s referring to abortion in the earlier months of pregnancy. When the issue was late-term and ‘partial birth’ abortion, Republicans had a relatively easy time making their case. When they act to prevent early abortions and abortions in the case of rape and incest, though, they are inviting a public backlash.”
From The New York Times:
“Alabama’s governor on Wednesday signed into law a measure to ban most abortions in the state. But the Legislature’s approval and the governor’s signature did not immediately outlaw the procedure, and it is far from clear when, or even if, the measure will ultimately take effect.
Here’s a guide to what happened, and what is likely to happen next.”