A ‘Death Sentence For Women’ — Alabama Lawmakers Propose 99-Year Prison Sentence For Abortion
Lawmakers in Alabama are pushing a bill that some have dubbed a “death sentence for women” who seek or carry out an abortion in the state.
Republican state Rep. Terri Collins’s bill would criminalize any abortion procedure, including abortions carried out in cases of rape or incest. An exception would allow women to obtain an abortion only if a pregnancy put their health at risk.
The bill would criminalize abortion at any stage, even in the first trimester, according to reporting from the Independent.
Within the bill’s text, lawmakers compared the right to obtaining an abortion to historical atrocities over the years, including the Holocaust.
Anti-choice politicians in Alabama have filed a TOTAL abortion ban that entirely criminalizes the procedure. 63 of the 105 legislators in Alabama’s House of Representatives have already signed on. #ALPol https://t.co/SkiAlpJe5P
— NARAL (@NARAL) April 3, 2019
“More than 50 million babies have been aborted in the United States since the Roe decision in 1973, more than three times the number who were killed in German death camps, Chinese purges, Stalin’s gulags, Cambodian killing fields, and the Rwandan genocide combined,” the bill reads.
The bill, if signed by the governor and passed into law, would likely face immediate legal challenges — which its author recognizes is the “whole point” of it. Lawmakers are hopeful that two recent conservative picks to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Donald Trump — Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — will lead to overturning the Court’s decision on abortion rights set in 1973.
“Hopefully, it takes it all the way to the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade,” Collins explained.
Pro-choice organizations decried the bill for its content and for its attempts to change the precedent that was set more than four decades ago, reported ABC News.
“These bans are blatantly unconstitutional and lawmakers know it — they just don’t care,” Planned Parenthood Southeast President Staci Fox said. “Alabamians are just pawns in this political game to challenge access to safe, legal abortion nationally.”