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Alabama law makes almost any abortion a crime

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 16 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2232


New efforts to restrict abortion in the United States

  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal, Canada

Doctors who perform abortions in the US state of Alabama would face from 10 to 99 years in prison under a new law that bans the procedure at all stages of pregnancy, including in cases of rape or incest. Exceptions will only be allowed if the mother faces a “serious health risk” from continuing the pregnancy or the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.”

The bill passed the Republican dominated state senate by 25 votes to six. All of those voting for it were male Republicans. Only four of Alabama’s 35 state senators are women, and all of them are Democrats.

Alabama’s Republican governor Kay Ivey is expected to …

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