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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signs the country's most extreme abortion ban bill

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by Elvert Barnes Protest Photography
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41st MARCH FOR LIFE RALLY in front of the US Supreme Court on 1st Street between Maryland Avenue and East Capitol Street, NE, Washington DC on Thursday afternoon, 22 January 2015

 

 

On this special edition of Your Call, we discuss the country’s most extreme anti-abortion ban, signed yesterday by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.

The bill makes abortions a felony, even in cases of rape and incest. The only exception is if the mother’s life is at serious risk or what the bill calls a fetal anomaly. Those who perform the procedure will face up to 99 years in prison.

According to the New York Times, abortion services will still be available in Alabama for the time being. At the earliest, the measure would take effect in six months. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are planning to challenge the measure in court. What’s next?

Guest:

Linda Coleman-Madison, Alabama State Senator, one of four women in the Alabama State Senate

Web Resources:

AP: Alabama governor invokes God in banning nearly all abortions

New York Times: ‘The Time Is Now’: States Are Rushing to Restrict Abortion, or to Protect It

CNN Politics: What happens next with Alabama's near-total abortion ban

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.