by Countable | 5.16.19
Politicians and pundits are responding to Alabama's passage a near-total abortion ban, that makes no exceptions for rape or incest.
The Human Life Protection Act bans all abortions in the state except when "abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk" to the mother. The bill also criminalizes the procedure, reclassifying it as a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) tweeted: "Outrageous news coming out of Alabama. This law would effectively ban abortions in the state and criminalize doctors for doing their jobs - providing health care to women."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) tweeted: "I'll say it again: The Georgia and Alabama abortion bans are wrong. They are dangerous. They are unconstitutional. And they are out of step with the majority of Americans."
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted: "What Alabama is doing is blatantly unconstitutional and disrespects the fundamental right a woman has to make decisions about her own body."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted: "This ban is dangerous and exceptionally cruel—and the bill’s authors want to use it to overturn Roe v. Wade. I've lived in that America and let me tell you: We are not going back—not now, not ever. We will fight this. And we will win."
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) tweeted: "Anti-choice members of the Missouri Senate just passed another abortion ban in the dead of night. Let me repeat—this is a coordinated effort to repeal Roe v. Wade. It's wrong, it's unconstitutional and we need to codify Roe so it doesn't work."
The White House and Republican lawmakers have been noticeably silent on the law, and those who have spoken up have criticized the bill.
“I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother, and that’s what I’ve voted on,” McCarthy said at his weekly news conference Thursday.
"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."
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