What the Alabama abortion bill really aims to do

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That two-pronged goal was clearly the intent of the bill’s sponsor — state Rep. Terry Collins (R), who said after the vote: “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.”

It quite clearly will challenge the ruling, since prohibiting abortion in all but one case seems to directly come into conflict with the Supreme Court’s finding that it is against the law to place an “undue burden” on a woman seeking an abortion before a viable fetus — one that can live outside the womb — emerges. And while the Alabama law is the strictest in the nation — and therefore most at-odds with established federal law — is it far from the only piece of abortion legislation that seeks to push the boundaries of Roe. Last month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a so-called “fetal heartbeat” law, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can come as early as the 6-week mark — a time when some women may still not even know they are pregnant. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a similar measure earlier this month.
These laws will almost immediately be appealed — and will join a growing list of cases that could arrive at the doorstep of the Supreme Court in the not-too-distant future. The court is poised in upcoming months to consider hearing a challenge to a Louisiana law that would force doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where an abortion is…



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