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Singleton, Gopal blast Alabama abortion bill

Measure effectively bars almost all abortions

By Nikita Biryukov, May 16 2019 7:15 pm

State Sens. Troy Singleton and Vin Gopal on Thursday blasted Alabama lawmakers over an abortion-restricting bill signed into law Wednesday.

“I was deeply disappointed and frankly incensed at the recent decision by the state of Alabama to insert itself on the abortion issue. Throughout my time in the Legislature, I have advocated strongly for women and their reproductive rights,” Singleton said. “As such, I firmly believe that our government should not be imposing new limits or restrictions on reproductive freedoms. When it comes to important personal and health decisions in life, it is vital that a woman be able to make these decisions for herself, based on what is best for her and her family.”

The Alabama bill effectively makes all abortions, including those related to rape and incest, illegal. Under the law, doctors who perform an abortion could face up to 99 years in prison.

The bills supporters expect it to be struck down in a legal challenge. They hope it will work its way to the U.S. Supreme Court and overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

“Alabama’s new law threatens to take us back to the mid-20th century, in which thousands of women died because they were unable to have a safe and legal procedure,” Gopal said. “Moreover, it is a dangerous notion that this law may allow for any woman suffering a miscarriage to be unjustly arrested or charged with a crime. We must denounce any attempt to abridge a woman’s right to choose, and fight to protect access to reproductive healthcare.”

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