Signed into law on May 15 by Republican Governor Kay Ivey, the legislation outlaws abortion at every stage of pregnancy and makes performing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. What’s more, the measure includes an extremely narrow exception for cases when the mother’s life is at serious risk but intentionally omits any concessions for cases of rape and incest. That’s because this law was explicitly designed as a vehicle for the conservative Supreme Court to rewrite landmark precedent set 46 years ago in Roe v. Wade.
In an attempt to justify this outrageous policy, the Alabama bill also employs appalling language directly comparing abortion to the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity. It is absolutely disgusting and horribly offensive to use these atrocities to make a political point. We simply will not tolerate this inflammatory rhetoric or the devastating impact of this illegal measure.
Feeling disheartened and disgusted? We urge you to fight back, take action, and speak out against the surge of anti-abortion restrictions sweeping our nation.
- If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: Courts Matter! Anti-abortion advocates wrote this law with the Supreme Court in mind. Let’s stop this ban in its tracks by vehemently opposing biased and bigoted federal judges. The Senate just voted to confirm Wendy Vitter to a lifetime seat on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Vitter is not fit to be a federal judge — she praised Texas’ unconstitutional TRAP law struck down inWhole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and even refused to say at her hearing whether she agreed with Brown v. Board of Education. Call the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121and tell your senators to VOTE NO on those like Vitter who refuse to uphold fundamental constitutional rights, including the right to abortion.
- Urge your lawmakers to fight for equal access to abortion coverage. It’s time to recognize fully the promise ofRoe — that pregnant individuals would not only have the right to choose abortion but would also be able to freely access the procedure — by incorporating its principles into law. The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act (HR 1692/S 758) would permanently end the Hyde Amendment and similar coverage bans that push abortion out of reach and disproportionately harm low-income people, people of color, immigrants, young people, and LGBTQ and gender non-conforming individuals.
- Share your story. Help your lawmakers to understand exactly how these dangerously restrictive bills impact their constituents — the people they were elected to represent. Sharing your story personalizes the relentless legislative attacks on abortion access and inspires others to do the same. Use #youknowme on Twitter or write an op-ed, LTE, or blog post. Your voice and your story is your most powerful weapon to combat the hateful rhetoric dominating legislatures across the country.
- Help us continue the fight. Donate to help fight judicial nominees who oppose abortion rights and federal bills that restrict abortion access.