Doctors, who are specialists in carrying out abortion or unwanted pregnancy, may risk 10 to 99 years jail term should they caught in Alabama, where senate had just made most restrictive abortion bill in the United States, placing a near-total ban on termination of pregnancy, even in cases of rape and incest.
From the new abortion law, the state could punish doctors who perform the procedure with life in prison.
However, the paper passed by the Republican-led senate, was forwarded to the state Governor, Kay Ivey, for signature into law and, if approved, is expected to trigger a legal battle which could reach the Supreme Court.
Under the bill, performing an abortion is a crime that could land doctors who perform it in prison for 10 to 99 years. Abortions would only be legal if the life of the mother is in danger or the fetus has a fatal condition.
Although, a human rights defence organisation in the United States, ACLU, promised to file a lawsuit to block its implementation, saying the vote showed “how little conservative lawmakers regard bodily autonomy.
It raised concerned that the bill punishes victims of rape and incest by further taking away control over bodies and forcing people to give birth unwanted.
Also, the National Organization for Women described the bill as unconstitutional and that the passage of the law would send women in the state back to the dark days of policymakers having control over their bodies, health, and lives.
Against the the abortion law condemnation, Alabama Lieutenant Governor, Will Ainsworth, who also presides over the state senate, supported the bill’s passage as a strong step toward defending the rights of the unborn.
“With liberal states approving radical late-term and post-birth abortions, Roe must be challenged, and I am proud that Alabama is leading the way,” he added.
The bill’s backers have expressly said they want to bring the case to the Supreme Court.
Now that the top US court has a conservative majority in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election, some Republicans want to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that recognised women’s right to abortion.