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What’s next for the Alabama abortion law
Themostrestrictive anti-abortion bill in the nation has beensignedintolawinAlabama, but stands little chance of overturning a person’s constitutional right to abortion established by Roe v. Wade, say two legal scholars at Northeastern University.
TheAlabamalaw, which is set to go into effect in six months, would make abortion and attempted abortion a felony, except in cases where “abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.” Doctors who perform abortions on people who are more than six weeks pregnant could be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison, and the pregnant person herself could be charged with homicide. There are no exceptions for abortions in cases of rape or incest.
But the law—and others like it inGeorgia and Missouri—is so punitive that it’ll almost certainly be overturned by federal judges, says DanielUrman, who teaches a Northeastern course on Constitutional law and the Supreme Court.