Falsehoods on social media surrounding Alabama abortion ban

Saturday, 18 May, 2019

Missouri senators overwhelmingly approved the legislation early on Thursday and Republican Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign it into law. The Alabama Human Life Protection Act bans abortion throughout every stage of pregnancy, with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest, and with only a limited exception when the life or health of the mother is at risk. "While [recently retired Justice Anthony] Kennedy was also generally conservative, he sided with the liberals in refusing to eliminate women's constitutional right to abortion".

Republican lawmakers in Alabama, Missouri and Georgia clearly do not agree. Andrew Koenig touted the bill as "one of the strongest" abortion bills yet passed in the United States.

The senator from MA also urged passage of legislation that would stop states from passing constraints on abortion providers that are built to avoid violating the 1973 Roe decision, in which the Supreme Court recognised the constitutional right to an abortion. "They want to turn back the clock, outlaw abortion and deny women access to reproductive health care".

"So much of this bill is just shaming women into some kind of complacency that says we are vessels of pregnancy rather than understanding that women's lives all hold different stories", St. Louis-area Democratic Sen.

Antiabortion advocates see an opening for implementing new restrictions in the wake of the confirmations of conservatives Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Ohio's governor signed a law in April that bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be heard, which is usually after six weeks of pregnancy.

MS and Kentucky have both passed similar laws, both of which are being challenged in court and have not yet gone into effect.

The position of Booker, D-N.J., stands in contrast to President Donald Trump, who pledged that his judicial appointments would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Anti-abortion advocacy groups have pushed hard in recent months for the passage of bills to restrict or even ban the procedure outright at the state level, inspired by the perception that the US Supreme Court has tilted in their favour.

The Alabama law also undeniably violates the Supreme Court's 1992 holding in Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania v. Casey, which both upheld Roe and introduced a new standard to the Court's abortion jurisprudence: the undue burden test. "We will no longer tolerate abortion, especially when we know that the baby feels the pain of it".

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.

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.

So what happens next with the Alabama abortion ban?

PERSONAL ACCOUNTSActor Milla Jovovich divulged details of her own traumatic emergency abortion after she went into pre-term labour, saying this underlined how vulnerable women could be."It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever gone through", she wrote in a post on Instagram."I was alone and helpless".

For instance, Ireland, one of the countries with the harshest abortion laws in the world, regulated abortions were allowed only if the life of the pregnant woman was threatened or the fetus had died before birth.

Jill Schupp said while arguing against the bill on the floor.

"I was very proud of the fact that when I was in the [state] legislature, Louisiana was rated as the most pro-life of the states in the country", Scalise said.