Democrats are furious over the shocking abortion restriction legislation just signed into law by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. The passage of this act marks a huge step towards the reversal of abortion laws across the nation.
On Wednesday, Governor Ivey signed legislation that will in essence make performing an abortion a felony offense.
The pushback by Democrats was fierce but expected.
Senator Linda Coleman-Madison (D-Birmingham) stated, “It just completely disregards women and the value of women and their voice.”
“We once again have silenced women on a very personal issue.”
The new legislation does not allow an abortion to be performed at any point during the pregnancy.
Anyone doing so could face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison.
The ONLY exception to the legislation is if the woman’s health is at risk.
The legislation also does not punish the women seeking abortions, only the health care provider.
Going to the Supreme Court
There is no doubt at all this legislation will wind up in front of the Supreme Court.
Democrats will challenge this in the lower courts, which is actually the plan all along for Republicans.
They want Democrats to go after it so Roe v. Wade can be challenged.
Gov. Ivey stated, “The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur.”
While the Supreme Court does have a conservative slant, a favorable decision is far from uncertain.
The most recent justice to join the court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, stated he would respect precedent during his confirmation hearings.
He has also ruled with the liberal side of the court on several occasions already.
Additionally, Chief Justice Roberts has stunned conservatives several times by siding with the resident liberals of the court during his time on the bench.
Several other states have jumped on this bandwagon as well and are currently debating similar legislation. We can expect some SCOTUS fireworks on this issue in the very near future.