Abortion bans get even more extreme
Alabama just passed the most restrictive and unconstitutional legislation on abortion in the country–a direct challenge to Roe that Governor Kay Ivey signed into law on May 15th. The state, recently ranked 46th in the nation for the health of women and children and facing rising maternal mortality rates, just placed an outright ban on abortion with extremely limited exceptions that fail to even include victims of rape or incest.
Alabama has actually become the seventh state this year to limit when women are able to access abortion in violation of Roe v. Wade. Last week, Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp, signed a 6-week abortion ban into law – denying abortion at a point so early in pregnancy that most people wouldn’t even know they were pregnant. Three other states, Ohio, Mississippi, and Kentucky have done the same.
None of these abortion bans are in effect – yet
An important note for the women and girls of these seven states: none of the bans are yet in effect and most will be challenged in court – if they’re not already being challenged. Activists and pro-choice legislators are fighting back, and women of color are at the helm. Furthermore, while other states are moving back in time (or toward a dystopian Handmaid’s Tale future), New York has firmly placed the protections of Roe into our state law. But don’t be fooled. The anti-choice misinformation campaign is strong – and we must ensure that the public gets the facts about the Reproductive Health Act.