Alabama governor signs near-total ban on abortion

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Gov. Kay Ivey, R-AL, signed the almost near-total ban on abortion in Alabama. In signing the bill, Governor Ivey said: “This legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God.

Ivey, a Republican, acknowledged that the ban is likely to be reviewed by the the courts. The ACLU has already pledged to challenge this law.

“No matter one’s personal view on abortion, we can all recognize that, at least for the short term, this bill may similarly be unenforceable,” Ivey said. “As citizens of this great country, we must always respect the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court even when we disagree with their decisions.”

The measure, called the Human Life Protection Act, does not include exceptions for cases of rape or incest. It does include exemptions for cases in which pregnancy threatens the woman’s health, and it wouldn’t punish women for having abortions.

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