Rights groups file lawsuit to block Alabama's new abortion ban

Rights groups file lawsuit to block Alabama's new abortion ban

A federal lawsuit filed Friday asks a judge to block an Alabama law that outlaws nearly all abortions, the most far-reaching attempt by a conservative state to seek new restrictions on the procedure.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge Friday to block Alabama's "extreme" law that would ban most abortions, challenging the country's most restrictive abortion law the same day a federal judge halted a similar measure in Mississippi. It would be equally disgusting to ruin a woman's remaining life span for an abortion, since it is a decision made under significant stress and is probably not taken lightly even when a woman chooses abortion.

In granting the preliminary injunction on Friday, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote that the MS law, which was scheduled to take effect on July 1, would prevent a woman's free choice "which is central to personal dignity and autonomy".

"Make no mistake: abortion remains-and will remain-safe and legal in Alabama", Marshal said.

"The facts are on our side, the public is on our side, and we will do whatever it takes to ensure women across Alabama can receive the health care they need today, tomorrow, and beyond", Wen said.

Currently, abortion is still allowed in the USA thanks to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade, which ruled that abortions are protected up until viability - the point at which a foetus is able to survive outside the womb, around the third trimester of a pregnancy.

The ban is due to take into effect on November 15, and if it goes ahead, Alabama abortionists "will be forced to stop providing and/or referring abortions", read the lawsuit filed on their behalf in federal court in the state.

According to Robinson, the law-which has yet to take effect-is already scaring some patients out of the procedure.

In other states, like MS and North Carolina, women can undergo abortion only within 20 weeks of gestation.

"For over 46 years - since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade - U.S. law has recognized the fundamental constitutional right to make the profoundly important and personal decision whether or not to terminate a pregnancy", the lawsuit states.

Eight states have passed bills this year to prevent abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which usually occurs at about six weeks, often before a woman even realizes she is pregnant.

None of the laws has taken effect and all are expected to be blocked by the courts as the legal challenges play out with an ultimate eye on the Supreme Court.

Supporters of the Alabama law have said they expected a lawsuit and to initially lose in court, but hope the appeal could eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court. "We meant it when we said we'd see you in court, @GovernorKayIvey". Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill into law less than 24 hours after the bill passed in the State Senate last week.

"To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God". 314 on May 15, making it the fifth state to pass such a ban this year.

The case was filed in Montgomery federal court and assigned to U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson.

About 40 percent of the proposals have been abortion bans.

Some of the bill's sponsors say a lawsuit is exactly what they want.

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