On Wednesday, May 15, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the nation’s boldest pro-life bill to date, restricting abortion without exceptions for rape or incest and setting up a potential test for Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling, which made abortion legal nationally.
The Alabama law, passed by the state Senate on Tuesday, puts the legal onus on doctors by making performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy, unless the mother has a “serious health risk,” a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison.
“I’m thankful for Governor Kay Ivey—she’s a governor who’s got guts!,” Franklin Graham posted on his Facebook page after the bill was signed into law. “And I’m grateful for every Alabama lawmaker who was bold enough to vote for this legislation enacting a near-total ban on the killing of babies by abortion in their state. Gov. Ivey said, ‘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.’ I hope and pray many other governors will be encouraged by her boldness and do the same.”
Ivey acknowledged the bill will face legal challenges, as evidenced by statements from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund that they would work to stop the measure.