Far-left activist groups seek to ‘make sure this law never takes effect…’
(AFP) Far-left activist groups Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union continued their all-out assault on several states’ recently passed laws restricting abortion with the hope that federal jurisdiction will be overturned by the Supreme Court.
They filed a lawsuit Friday against Alabama over the Southern state’s new near-total ban on abortion.
“This law is blatantly unconstitutional, and the ACLU will not stand by while politicians emboldened by President [Donald] Trump’s anti-abortion agenda exploit our health and our lives for political gain,” said Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s abortion-advocating Reproductive Freedom Project.
Earlier this month, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the measure that makes abortion a felony—even in cases of rape or incest—unless the mother’s health is at risk, triggering protests among far-left radicals on social media and elsewhere.
The law punishes abortionists who carry out the procedure with up to 99 years in prison.
The ban is due to take into effect on Nov. 15, and if it goes ahead, Alabama abortionists “will be forced to stop providing and/or referring abortions,” read the lawsuit filed on their behalf in federal court in the state.
Legislating from the Bench … and Back Again
As is a common tactic in such cases, the leftist radicals sought to block the legislation using activist judges to circumvent the will of voters.
Despite previous calls from celebrities to punish legislators by using abstinence and celibacy, abortion supporters sought a new tactic, claiming it would cause irreparable harm—a condition necessary for injunctions. The law does nothing to outlaw or restrict adoptions.
“Enforcement of the ban will thereby inflict immediate and irreparable harm on plaintiffs’ patients by violating their constitutional rights, threatening their health and well-being, and forcing them to continue their pregnancies to term against their will.”
Randall Marshall, executive director of the ACLU’s Alabama chapter, said the lawsuit was intended to “make sure this law never takes effect.”
Ironically, though, one of the main goals of the legislation may be to force a suit before the U.S. Supreme Court that would prompt it to overturn the controversial Roe v. Wade decision nationwide and either grant jurisdiction to the states or impose an outright ban on abortion.
The law, the most restrictive in the country, goes against the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide.
Several other Republican-led states have also passed tough abortion laws they hope will eventually end up before the Supreme Court.
Conservative states have slowly chipped away at abortion access, starting by imposing strict conditions to facilities that provided the procedure, such as requiring that they be located near a hospital or have operating rooms or halls of a certain size.
In other states, like Mississippi and North Carolina, women can undergo abortion only within 20 weeks of gestation.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed into law Friday a measure that makes the procedure illegal from eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
Five states require that women be alerted to links between abortion and breast cancer that have not been proven.
And doctors in 13 states must advise women considering abortion that the fetus may feel pain.
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