Alabama has become the 9th state to ban abortions after the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Unlike some other states, Alabama did not have a trigger law that immediately made abortion illegal. Instead, state officials had to enforce a 2019 pro-life law that protects babies from abortion.
As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, holding a 5-4 majority decision in the Dobbs case that “the Constitution does not grant the right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The Supreme Court also ruled 6-3 to uphold the 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi, allowing states to restrict abortions further.
“We believe that Roe and Casey should be overruled. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of any state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey have usurped that authority. We now reject those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Judge Samuel Alito wrote before the majority.
“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and such a right is not implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one that Roe and Casey’s defenders now primarily rely on — the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Judge Samuel Alito wrote. in the opinion of the majority. “That provision is held to guarantee some rights not mentioned in the Constitution, but such a right must be ‘deeply rooted in the history and tradition of this nation’ and ‘implicit in the concept of ordered liberty’.”
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After the decision, all three Alabama abortion companies stopped killing babies in abortions. A federal judge granted the state’s request to lift a ban and allow the state to enforce the 2019 abortion ban. , signed by pro-life Governor Kay Ivey, who praised the Supreme Court for overthrowing Roe.
“As a governor, Christian, and woman, I couldn’t be prouder to see this misguided and damaging decision overturned,” Ivey said. “Alabama will continue to stand up for our unborn babies, mothers, and families.”
Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the decision, confirming that the Human Life Protection Act of 2019 is now in effect.
“The state of Alabama’s emergency motion to lift the ban and reinstate Alabama’s 2019 law, which prohibits abortion in most cases, has been passed,” Marshall said. “Both the federal court and the plaintiffs acknowledged that there is no basis for the continued suspension of the duly enacted law in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization. So Alabama’s law that makes elective abortions a felony is now enforceable. Anyone who takes an unborn life violating the law will be prosecuted, with sentences ranging from 10 to 99 years for abortion providers.”
According to a news report, the West Alabama Women’s Center had 21 people in the abortion waiting room, and it had to turn them all away after news that the Supreme Court overthrew Roe. And she had to call 100 more customers and tell them they couldn’t buy an abortion.
Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was destroyed and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions, and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state to protect babies from abortion, K, Kentuckyecame 4th, Louisiana became 5th, Ohio became 6th, Utah became 7th, and Oklahoma became 8th.
Immediately after the decision, Texas abortion companies announced they would be closing, and South Carolina said it had asked a federal appeals court to uphold the abortion ban.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or expeditiously ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The 13 states with trigger laws that effectively ban all or most abortions are Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
“Abortion poses a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of any state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey have usurped that authority. We now reject those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was wrong from the start. The reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have fueled debate and deepened divisions.”
This is a milestone for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After nearly 50 years of staining the moral fabric of our country, Roe v. Wade is no more.
Judges Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer wrote a joint dissent condemning the decision to allow states to impose “draconian” restrictions on women.
Polls show that Americans support abortion.