2. Fuentes L and Jerman J, Distance to Receive Clinical Abortion Care in the United States and Reasons to Choose a Clinic, Journal of Women`s Health, 2019, doi.org/10.1089/jwh.2018.7496. „The strategy here is that we`re going to win,“ said Eric Johnston, president of the Alabama Pro-Life Coalition, which helped shape Alabama`s abortion ban. 7) Opponents of the law propose that abortions in alleys increase and that women seeking abortions go somewhere and get them anyway. Instead, they propose that we maintain legal and safe abortion. How can the pro-life community respond to this statement? Federal judges in six other states blocked laws that would ban abortions after it was determined that the fetus`s heartbeat would go into effect, and judges in two other states temporarily blocked laws that would ban abortions after 18 weeks. Alabama`s law reportedly went into effect on Nov. 15. „These reckless attacks by anti-abortion politicians have no place in Alabama,“ she said. • In 2017, there were 1,587 abortion facilities in the United States, down 5% from 1,671 in 2014. Sixteen percent of facilities in 2017 were abortion clinics (i.e., clinics where more than half of all patient visits were for abortions), 35% were non-specialized clinics, 33% were hospitals, and 16% were private doctors` offices.
Sixty percent of all abortions were performed in abortion clinics, 35 percent in non-specialized clinics, 3 percent in hospitals and 1 percent in doctors` offices.  No Plan B would be prohibited here. Plan B does not remove a fertilized egg and an implanted egg, it keeps it away from implantation, so it is not an abortion by definition. • In 2017, 89% of U.S. counties did not have clinics offering abortions. About 38 percent of women of childbearing age lived in these counties and would have had to travel elsewhere to have an abortion.  Of the patients who aborted in 2014, a third had to travel more than 25 miles in one direction to reach a facility.  In 2018, the state passed a law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. However, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a preliminary injunction against the law in December, saying the law „clearly“ violated women`s rights, according to The Associated Press.
Senator Mitt Romney of Utah said he did not support him because there should be exceptions for rape, incest and danger to the mother`s life.  Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the Republican United States. Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke against the bill for the same reasons.   Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, said she was „very opposed to Alabama law“ and was „completely incompatible with Roe v. Wade.“  At the 700 Club, Conservative television preacher Pat Robertson said, „This is an extreme law and they want Roe v. Wade, but my humble view is that this is not the case that we want to take to the Supreme Court because I think they will lose.  Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren called the bill „too restrictive“ and said the ban „forces women to adopt more dangerous abortion methods.“  Former President Donald Trump did not oppose it, but reiterated that he was against the right to abortion, except in situations resulting from rape, incest, and danger to the mother`s life.  Under the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, performing an abortion in Alabama would be a crime.
The law, which Ivey signed into law on May 15, defines a fetus as a legal entity „for the purpose of murder“ and compares abortion to the Holocaust and other genocides. A woman who has an abortion would not be held „criminally guilty or civilly responsible.“ • In 2017, there were 7 facilities in Alabama that performed abortions, and 5 of them were clinics. These figures do not represent a change in clinics compared to 2014, when there were a total of nine abortion centers, five of which were clinics.  Alabama was one of many states that passed restrictive laws designed to provoke a new legal battle over abortion rights, with the goal of reaching the U.S. Supreme Court, and Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion to the point where a fetus is viable outside the womb, usually about 24 weeks after pregnancy. A federal judge in Alabama blocked the state`s near-total ban on abortion in November. Each year, a large sample of people in the United States receive abortions. In 2017, 862,320 abortions were performed in clinical facilities in the United States. None of these new laws have gone into effect so far, and abortion is still legal in all states.
Alabama Governor Ivey herself admitted that alabama`s law is likely „unenforceable“ thanks to the 1973 Supreme Court decision against Wade, which asserted that Americans had a fundamental right to abortion until a fetus was viable. However, these bills are intended to prompt the Supreme Court to make a decision that weakens abortion protections, or even overturn this landmark decision. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe, Alabama is implementing its total ban on abortion.  Code ala. § 26-23H-4. Robinson v. Marshall, No. 2:19-cv-00365-MHT (M.D. Ala. June 24, 2022) (injunction to rescind order).
The Alabama Senate passed the bill Tuesday night. The House of Representatives had already approved the bill by an overwhelming majority. This is part of a broader anti-abortion strategy to get the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider abortion rights. In his ruling against the Alabama Act — the most ambitious anti-abortion measure passed by state legislatures this year — Justice Myron H. Thompson of the U.S. District Court for alabama`s Middle District wrote that it violated Supreme Court precedent and „defied“ the Constitution. There is no criminal or civil liability for women who choose to have an abortion in violation of state law. The lead author of Alabama`s historic abortion ban, Birmingham attorney Eric Johnston, recently said this. Doctors who perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, or who do not seek a heartbeat, would be guilty of a fifth-degree crime and could face a civil lawsuit for damages. The state health department could order them to lose up to $20,000 for each violation, which would go into a fund for care and adoption initiatives. An unprecedented 2018 survey conducted on behalf of Planned Parenthood Southeast found that 31 percent of people in the state of Alabama would support a bill banning abortion without exception for rape and incest. THE FACTS: Widespread social media posts in recent days distort Alabama`s current abortion law. One provision in the bill compared abortion to the historical events of genocide, saying, „More than 50 million babies have been aborted in the United States since the Roe decision in 1973, more than three times more than in German death camps, Chinese purges, Stalin`s gulags, Cambodian death fields and genocide in Rwanda combined.“  The Ohio ACLU filed a lawsuit on May 15 on behalf of early abortion provider Preterm-Cleveland. Other abortion providers were also cited as plaintiffs. Note: On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court ruled roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women`s Health, which takes the issue of abortion regulation back to the states. Legal challenges to abortion restrictions continue to be raised. This area of law is very fluid. „Abortion is still legal in all 50 states,“ the ACLU national organization wrote. „It`s true that states have passed laws that attempt to make abortion a crime, but we will sue to make sure none of those laws ever go into effect.“ Planned Parenthood, the ALABAMA ACLU and the ACLU filed a lawsuit on May 24 on behalf of abortion providers in Alabama to challenge the bill.