Womens health advocates and Democratic leaders vow to fight the measure and the conservative-led effort to challenge abortion rights nationwide
The fight to prevent Alabama from implementing a near-total ban on abortion is set to rage for months after the state senate made it a crime to perform the procedure at any stage of pregnancy on Tuesday night.
The abortion legislation, the strictest of its kind in the country, is one of several recent abortion restrictions enacted at the state level designed as a direct challenge to Roe v Wade, the supreme court ruling that legalized abortion across the US four and a half decades ago.
Alabamas Republican governor, Kay Ivey, signed the legislation on Wednesday. Womens health advocates and Democratic politicians have promised to fight the new law, as well as the conservative-led effort to challenge abortion rights nationwide.
Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood, said: At Planned Parenthood we will do whatever it takes to stop these dangerous bans so that our patients can continue to access the care they need. Were in the fight of our lives for our patients lives and we are ready to fight with everything we have.
Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said they will file a lawsuit against the Alabama ban, which would not take effect for at least six months.
This lawsuit will join a slew of other legal actions filed in response to efforts in other states to drastically restrict abortion access in the US.
Last week, Georgia became the sixth state to ban abortion as early as six weeks, so early into gestation that many women may not yet know they are pregnant. Similar bans gained traction after the confirmation of the conservative-leaning supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh in October.
Wen said: If this sounds like a dangerous and dystopian future for women, its because it is. What was considered too extreme for state politicians just a few years ago is now becoming law in some states and the stakes could not be higher.