Kavanaugh, Collins back in spotlight after Ala. abortion law signed

Celebrities Are Sharing Their Own Abortion Stories To Protest Alabama Bill

Alabama governor signs bill, banning virtually all abortions, into law

The only exemption in the law is for a medical emergency. Under the law, doctors could be charged with a felony for performing the procedure and face decades in prison.

"These bans reinforce violence against women by victimizing survivors of rape and sexual violence twofold by denying their right to access abortion".

Missouri Republicans are taking a different approach. Andrew Koenig described it on Thursday as "one of the strongest" abortion bills yet passed in the U.S. Every state passing these bans hopes that the Supreme Court will use their law to overrule Roe v. Wade.

A new near-total abortion ban in the USA state of Alabama signals a conservative tilt in many parts of the United States, at a time when people on the left and right are increasingly divided, experts said.

Noting that the vote in the Alabama Senate was 25 to 6, with the majority being all white, Republican and male, Rivers added, "As a man, they don't understand what a woman goes through".

The bill, known as the Human Life Protection Act prohibits abortion or attempted abortion in the state, except "in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother".

"In Alabama and several other states, like Missouri and OH, abortion bans are being passed in the hope that they'll be appealed to the Supreme Court and become the opportunity for the court to fully overturn Roe v. Wade", Galdieri said, referring to the 1973 landmark case.

Missouri's bill also includes an outright ban on abortions except in cases of medical emergencies, but unlike in Alabama, it would kick in only if Roe vs Wade is overturned. And she reiterated an earlier pledge to only nominate Supreme Court justices who will support Roe v. Wade.

Other laws headed to the court ban dilation and evacuation abortions and ban abortions after a certain number of weeks, according to USA Today.

While pro-life Americans would be thrilled with this development, pro-choice Americans are sounding the alarm over a "coordinated attack on Roe v. Wade and women's reproductive freedom".

State representative Kathy Swan (R., Cape Girardeau), a co-author of the legislation, said that Missouri needed to be proactive about defending the lives of the unborn. "This is the type of legislation that is created to withstand a challenge and to actually save lives in our state".

Republicans and Democrats worked for hours to reach a compromise on the bill, which included an expansion of tax credits for donations to pregnancy resource centers, and waters down other provisions.

Planned Parenthood joined the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday in filing a legal challenge to Ohio's recent and similar ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Current law requires consent from only one parent.

Still, some lawmakers on both sides of the debate walked away unhappy.

It held that the due process clause of the 14th Amendment provides a fundamental right to privacy that protects a woman's right to abortion.

The bill passed 24 to 10.

Speaking on Wednesday, St. Louis-area Democratic Senator Jill Schupp criticized the bill.

Earlier in the month, "CBS This Morning" co-host John Dickers said of the Georgia heartbeat bill: "This morning, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is expected to sign one of the most restrictive and controversial anti-abortion laws in the country". Republicans had been playing offense by casting Democrats as extreme due to a recent NY law expanding access to late-term abortion - a move McDaniel criticized Friday.

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