Alabama now officially has the strictest abortion law in the US.
As expected, Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed the controversial Alabama Human Life Protection Act, which outlaws almost all abortions in the state, nearly 24 hours after the Republican-controlled Senate voted to send her the bill without adding exceptions for victims of rape and incest despite impassioned pleas from their Democratic colleagues.
“To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” Ivey said in a statement.
Ivey added that the bill, which won’t take effect for six months, “closely resembled an abortion ban that has been a part of Alabama law for well over 100 years.”
As a result of the new law, doctors in the state could face up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion unless a woman’s health is at “serious” risk.
The legislation has garnered intense outrage from Democratic lawmakers, civil rights groups, and people across the country, even concerning some anti-abortion Republican lawmakers who grappled with how restrictive the measure was.