Last night, Alabama signed a significant abortion ban into law. Under the law, abortions are illegal, including in cases of rape and incest. The one and only exception is danger of life to the woman.
Reviewing Alabama’s Abortion Ban
A doctor who attempts to carry out an abortion would be subject to one decade behind bars; a fate of 99 years in prison would furthermore await a doctor who actually completed an abortion.
This abortion ban has prompted strong backlash and various groups have vowed to challenge it in court. Earlier today, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy stated that Alabama’s abortion ban goes too far.
McCarthy’s Statements on the Alabama Abortion Ban
During a press conference, reporters asked McCarthy about his thoughts on the aforementioned ban. The House Republican Leader’s response reads as follows:
“First of all, I believe the most precious gift God gives us is life…and I [defended] my pro-life position my whole political career; but in my whole political career, I also believed in [exceptions for] rape, incest, and life of the mother. There were exceptions; that’s exactly what Republicans have voted on in this House. That’s what our platform says.”
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— CSPAN (@cspan) May 16, 2019
The Controversy Surrounding Abortion
As a whole, abortion remains as one of the most controversial issues in politics. There are many Americans who maintain that life begins at conception and believe that abortion is morally wrong. However, like McCarthy, many pro-life Americans also support exceptions in cases of rape, incest and danger of life to the mother. Not all conservatives favor the aforementioned exceptions, as seen by the Alabama abortion ban.
Americans on the other side of the aisle lean towards being pro-choice. Individuals of this mindset believe that each woman deserves the right to choose. This outlook has caused controversy, particularly regarding where to draw the line on abortion. Over the past few months, numerous individuals expressed concerns about extremely late-term abortions.
Since the Alabama abortion ban, Americans have taken to social media to express their outlooks. Various people shared their opinions and experiences with abortions; others have subsequently expressed support or aversion to the ban while others believe it may be tied up in the courts for quite some time.