Alabama Passes Restrictive Abortion Law; Other States Have Also

The Alabama legislature yesterday gave final passage to House Bill 314 (full text), which criminalizes the performance of abortions at any stage of pregnancy, except in cases of serious health risk to the mother, ectopic pregnancy or lethal anomaly in the unborn child. As reported by CNN, attempts to also include exceptions for rape or incest failed.  The Guardian today has an analysis of the growing number of states that are enacting, or attempting to enact, abortion restrictions that go beyond those permitted under current Supreme Court precedent, saying in part:Anti-abortion campaigners have successfully enacted a ban on all or most abortions in seven Republican-led states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio and Georgia.Alabama’s law, which must be signed by the Republican governor, is the most severe.At least 61 bills like this have been introduced across the country, in states including Louisiana, Missouri, South Carolina,…

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