Alabama Passes Controversial Abortion Bill 🚫

Mickey Welsh / The Montgomery Advertiser / AP

Mickey Welsh / The Montgomery Advertiser / AP

Alabama’s new law

The Alabama state legislature passed a bill on Tuesday banning abortion in all circumstances that do not directly endanger the life of the mother, making the state home to the strictest pro-life laws in the country.  Under the new law, doctors who are found to have performed abortions will be subject to up to ninety-nine years in prison.

Roe v. Wade overhaul?

State representative Terry Collins (R-AL) stated: "This bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn, because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection." This passing comes weeks after states Ohio, Mississippi, and Georgia passed their respective ‘fetal heartbeat’ laws.


LEANING RIGHT:

Townhall: Alabama Legislature Passes Major Pro-Life Bill, Banning Almost All Abortions

Breitbart: Hollywood freaks after alabama passes abortion ban: ‘This ends with impeachment and people in the streets’

The right sees the passing as a victory for right-leaning ideals, celebrating the number of states that are taking on increased abortion restrictions. Much like the left, these articles speculate that more states, such as Missouri, will attempt to follow Alabama’s lead in the upcoming years as overturningRoe v. Wade is a growing Republican demand.

LEANING LEFT:

Washington Post: Alabama’s abortion bill is not about Alabama. It’s about tossing Roe v. Wade.

CNN: What the Alabama abortion bill really aims to do

The left is reporting this as an attack on Roe v. Wade, with many adding opinion pieces to supplement factual reporting. Citing the aforementioned fetal heartbeat bill, publications are claiming that Alabama’s ruling is a further effort to strike down the legality of abortions nationwide. Left-leaning sources are labeling the new law as unconstitutional while fearing that other states could pass similar laws.


Where's the common ground?

Given how controversial abortion and its laws are, little common ground can be found between the two sides. For good or bad, it is primarily agreed that the recent increase in states revising abortion laws might create an opportunity in which the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Sweet home, Alabama?

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