Two new abortion laws aimed to obliterate a woman’s right to choose have recently been passed in Alabama and Georgia.
Earlier this month, Georgia’s governor Brian Kemp signed a bill that made abortion illegal as early as six weeks after conception.
This week Alabama passed the strictest abortion law in the country. It outlaws abortion at any stage in a woman’s pregnancy, only allowing it “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother” or if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.” The Alabama bill also outlaws abortion in the case of incest or rape and punishes doctors who perform the procedure with life in prison.
The bills are expected to be challenged in court because they are in obvious violation of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states. Conservative lawmakers hope that the laws will be appealed to the Supreme Court where Roe v. Wade can be struck down by the new conservative majority.
The new laws have encouraged many prominent people in the media to speak out including, John Legend, Rihanna, and Busy Phillips. Actress Milla Jovovich, who usually avoids politics, bravely criticized the new laws by sharing a “horrific” emergency abortion she had two years ago in Eastern Europe.
Jovovich was forced to go through the procedure completely conscious, an experience she fears more women will have to endure if abortion rights are restricted.
In places where abortion is outlawed women are forced to put their lives in danger by having dangerous “back alley” abortions.