WASHINGTON: American evangelicals have high hopes that the US Supreme Court, with its newfound conservative majority, will be tempted to chip away at its historic decision to legalize abortion.Forty-six years after its landmark Roe v Wade decision, the high court is at the heart of a heated offensive led by states with conservative majorities who oppose the voluntary termination of pregnancy.This week alone, Alabama passed a law banning women from having an abortion even in cases of incest or rape and the Missouri legislature made illegal abortions from eight weeks of pregnancy. Both states have vowed to prosecute doctors who perform the procedure.Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota have enacted laws banning abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected, around six weeks of gestation, before most women know they are pregnant.All of these laws flagrantly go against Roe v Wade, which guarantees women's rights to abortion as long as the fetus is not viable … [Read more...] about Will the US Supreme Court reconsider abortion rights?
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WASHINGTON: Republican-led legislatures in state after state are passing bills restricting abortion access in a bid to eventually challenge the 1973 US Supreme Court ruling allowing a woman to terminate a pregnancy. Opponents of abortion rights are hoping that the moves will prompt the nation’s highest court, which now has a conservative majority, to overturn its landmark decision in the case known as Roe vs Wade. The latest state to pass abortion restrictions – in fact, the toughest in the entire US – is Alabama, where Republican Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed a bill that places a near-total ban on ending a pregnancy, even in cases of rape and incest. Under the bill doctors who perform abortions could face between 10 and 99 years in prison. Ivey said that for now, the law may be unenforceable because of Roe vs. Wade. But “the sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the US Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they … [Read more...] about Republicans bid for US Supreme Court showdown over abortion
NEW YORK: Alabama's governor on Wednesday (May 15) signed a bill to ban nearly all abortions in the state, even in cases of rape and incest, in the latest bid by political conservatives to try to roll back the US Supreme Court's landmark 1973 ruling establishing a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy.US abortion-rights activists had already vowed to go court to block enforcement of the Alabama measure, the strictest anti-abortion law yet enacted by abortion foes aiming to provoke reconsideration of the Roe v Wade ruling.The decision by Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican abortion opponent, to sign the measure came a day after the Republican-controlled state Senate gave final legislative approval to the abortion ban."To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God," Ivey said in a statement. "To all Alabamians, I assure you … [Read more...] about Alabama governor signs strict abortion ban into law
By Kim Chandler The Associated Press Tues., May 14, 2019 MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama’s Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what would be the nation’s most stringent abortion law to the state’s Republican governor. The Republican-dominated Senate voted 25-6 for the bill that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be when the woman’s health is at serious risk. Senators rejected an attempt to add an exception for rape and incest. The amendment was voted down 21-11, with four Republicans joining Democrats in the seeking the amendment. “You don’t care anything about babies having babies in this state, being raped and incest,” Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton said after the amendment’s defeat. “You just aborted the state of Alabama with your rhetoric with this … [Read more...] about Alabama Senate passes near-total ban on abortion
By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Tues., May 14, 2019 Alarm over abrogation of reproductive rights is entirely justified. In the U.S., anti-abortionist — absolutists — have made no secret about their longer-range goal: That state bills severely limiting abortions are designed to ultimately overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationally. The hope is that lower court cases, racked up across the country, will encourage the Supreme Court to revisit and reverse abortion rights as defined in 1973. With a court that now leans distinctly to the right, the antis are more emboldened than they’ve been in nearly half a century, optimistic that conservative justices, a majority, will give them what they’ve never stopped fighting for. Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have already approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy. Fetal heartbeat laws are all the rage now. … [Read more...] about Anti-abortion activists are wrong — but so is Canadian law