The newly signed law that prohibits abortion in Alabama prompted hundreds of citizens to protest in front of the state capitol on March 19 (US time).
Demonstrators chanted and held up their placards to denounce the state’s legislative decision.
The law punishes anyone who performs an abortion with life imprisonment. Such procedure is only licensed if it is necessary for the mother’s health. But it provides no exception to cases such as rape and incest.
The rigid legislation was approved by Governor Kay Ivey, who ascribed its approval to the people’s moral code. In a released statement, the state head said that the law is a “powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
However, to some, the recent law overturns the precedent in 1973 that legalized abortion nationwide. The Roe v. Wade is a landmark verdict of the Supreme Court that gave women the choice of whether or not to have an abortion. One of the protesters, Deborah Hall, carried a sign saying “No Never Again” pertaining to her refusal to go back to the period before Roe v. Wade decision.
Hall used to operate a clinic in Montgomery which gave people access to contraceptives and abortion services. The 69-year shared that she had friends before who underwent illegal abortions that almost killed them and wouldn’t want women to go through the same horrific experience now that Alabama is once again banning the procedure. Hall said that it is a “scary time for everybody.”
During the protest, Planned Parenthood Southeast Inc CEO Staci Fox said that prohibiting abortion will not cease the activity itself but will only stop the practice of safe abortion.
The law was also criticized for not exempting rape and incest. Without directly mentioning Alabama’s newly approved legislation, United States President Donald Trump expressed his sentiments.
In his Twitter account, Trump said that he has the same stand as former U.S. President Ronald Reagan when it comes to abortion. He made it known that he is a pro-life advocate but with three exceptions – rape, incest, and the mother’s health.