On Wednesday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed one of the country’s most restrictive abortion laws, which for the most part bans the practice in the state. Anti-abortion activists are optimistic that this is another step leading up to a Supreme Court challenge to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Ivey said in a statement, “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. To all Alabamians, I assure you that we will continue to follow the rule of law.”
Alabama’s law comes as a wave of anti-abortion legislation has been passed in conservative states, including Indiana and Ohio.
Elizabeth Nash, a legal expert at the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights, said, “This is a very serious situation. We are really facing a point at which the courts may make a shift on abortion rights.” (The New York Times)