In 2019, more than a dozen states have either passed or attempted to pass stricter abortion legislation. Alabama became one of them Wednesday when Gov. Kay Ivey signed one of the restrictive laws of its kind in the nation.
Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill a week prior to Ivey that would make performing an abortion illegal once a heartbeat is detected. That new law is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020 whereas Alabama's is slated to take effect in November.
Two other states — Ohio and Mississippi — have passed legislation similar to Georgia.
If abortions are a crime, what is the penalty? Who is liable?
Alabama's law would punish a doctor who performs an abortion with a Class A felony — punishable by life or 10 to 99 years in prison. Attempting to perform an abortion would be a Class C felony, punishable by one to 10 years in prison. The woman seeking an abortion would not face charges under the way the newly signed law was written.
"The heart of this bill is to confront a decision that was made by the courts in 1973 that said the baby in the womb is not a person," Collins said. "This bill addresses that one issue. Is that baby in the womb a person? I believe our law says it is. I believe our people say it is. And I believe technology shows it is."
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