ABORTIONS could be punished by up to 99 years in jail under a proposed new law in the US state of Alabama.
The strict ban, which would criminalise all abortions – including in cases of rape and incest – has been branded a “death sentence for women”.
Abortions could be punished by up to 99 years in jail under a proposed new law in the US state of Alabama[/caption]
Alabama state Representative Terri Collins filed the bill on Tuesday and said: “It simply criminalises abortion”.
The proposed new law even compares to the Holocaust and other genocides.
It says that “more than 50 million babies have been aborted in the United States since the Roe decision in 1973, more than three times the number who were killed in German death camps, Chinese purges, Stalin’s gulags, Cambodian killing fields, and the Rwandan genocide combined.”
The bill would ban all abortions beginning two weeks after conception.
LAW TO CRIMINALISE ABORTION
Under the legislation, performing an abortion would result in a Class A felony, which could result in between 10 and 99 years in prison.
Attempting to perform an abortion would be viewed as a Class C felony.
The law would only allow abortions in instances where there is “a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother”.
The bill currently has 66 co-sponsors in the House.
It is a chilling addition to the growing list of extreme anti-abortion legislation being introduced in the South.
In the past year, two states have passed six-week abortion bans — a trend which Georgia will likely soon join, and potentially other states in the near future.
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Collins wants the bill to go all the way to the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade – the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalised abortion nationwide in 1973.
“The point is it acknowledges there is a baby, there is a person there,” Collins said.
“Under Alabama law right now, that baby, that presence, is already acknowledged under current law.”