(CNN)Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law a controversial abortion statement which could punish physicians who perform abortions with lifetime in prison.
“Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that has been approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature,” said Ivey, a Republican, in a statement. “To the bill’s most 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.”
The Alabama Senate handed the bill 25-6 late Tuesday night. The legislation only permits exceptions”to prevent a serious health threat to your unborn child’s mother,” for childbirth and if the”unborn child has a lethal anomaly.” Democrats re-introduced a change to exempt rape and incest victims, but the motion failed to an 11-21 vote.
Ivey noted in her announcement that the law could be unenforceable because of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion at most 50 states. However Ivey stated.
“Regardless of one’s personal perspective on abortion, we could all realize this, at least for the brief term, this bill may similarly be unenforceable,” Ivey wrote. “As citizens of this wonderful nation, we have to always respect the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court also when we disagree with their decisions. Many Americans, myself included, whined when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once more, for your U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important thing, and they believe this action may cause the very best chance in order for this to happen.”
Alabama lawmakers today lead the bunch of legislators across several nations that are producing measures to limit abortion, including Georgia’s recent fetal heartbeat bill. Many women don’t yet know for certain that they’re pregnant at six weeks into a pregnancy — that the earliest a fetal heartbeat is found.
Republican state Sen. Clyde Chambliss, who ushered the bill through the chamber, repeatedly referred on the Senate floor Tuesday to your”window” of time between conception and when a woman knows for certain that she is pregnant. The state senator said that he believed that time was between about seven and 10 days.
The bill’s passing Tuesday night elicited a wave of protest against a ton of Democrats, such as 2020 hopefuls, and celebrities.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke all ripped that the laws as unconstitutional. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledged to safeguard Roe.
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand declared that she had been led into Georgia to”fight back, hard, on the frontlines” against”the best threat to reproductive liberty within our lifetimes”
Former Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton called the invoice an illustration of”appalling attacks on women’s lifestyles and fundamental freedoms.”
American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama Executive Director Randall Marshall promised Ivey a litigation, slamming the Senate for the expected legal costs that the legislation would imply for the nation from court challenges.
“By signing this bill, the governor and her colleagues at the state legislature have decided to waste millions in Alabama taxpayer dollars so as to defend a bill that is just a political effort to overturn 46 years old precedent which has followed the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision,” he wrote in a statement Wednesday.
“We will not permit that to occur, and we will find them at court,” Marshall added. “Despite the Senate signing this bill, clinics will remain open, and abortion is still a safe, legal medical system whatsoever practices in Alabama.”
Marshall told CNN on Tuesday before the bill’s Senate passage that his company would combine together \the national ACLU, Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood Southeast to challenge the measure in court over”a few weeks” should it become law.
Staci Fox, president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, reiterated promises of a court struggle.
“We pledged to combat this dangerous abortion ban each step of the way and we meant what we said,” Fox told CNN. “We have not lost a case in Alabama yet and we do not plan to start now.”
This story has been updated.