The state chapter of the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says it's preparing a lawsuit to block the law from taking effect-something bill supporters actually look forward to, as the measure was meant to provoke a legal battle culminating in a review of Roe v. Wade-but in the meantime, their allies in the political, activist, and media spheres are making their feelings known.
Winnie Harlow, Lewis Hamilton, La La Anthony and many others supported Rihanna in the comments. Women who receive abortions would not be criminally penalized.
The passage of the so-called "Alabama Human Life Protection Act" on Wednesday prompted outrage from women's rights groups, Democratic lawmakers, and even provoked ultraconservatives including televangelist Pat Robertson and Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren to condemn the law as too extreme. Elizabeth Warren was among the first to enter the race.
Congressional Democrats reacted to Alabama's new ban on abortion by arguing that the bill will effectively kill people.
Elizabeth Warren is calling for a series of targeted measures created to safeguard abortion rights following a flurry of new state laws that dramatically restrict women's ability to terminate pregnancies, a move Democrats have decried as a planned effort to chip away at the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. And they are hoping the Supreme Court will back their radical play. According to tracking by Real Clear Politics, the three current Democratic front-runners are former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA.
Doctors who perform abortions could be subject to prison sentences of between five and 15 years. A new law should go further to prohibit states from "interfering in the ability of a patient to access medical care, including abortion services, from a provider that offers them".
Warren said Congress should enact laws that reinforce the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
Gostin said what he sees happening instead is the continued trend of conservative states restricting access to abortion.
"Congress should do its job and protect their constituents from these efforts", said Warren.
The Missouri bill, HB 126, would also change the state's parental notification requirements so that rather than needing written consent from one parent in order for a minor to have an abortion, both parents would need to be notified.
Warren also wants Congress to enact laws that invalidate state rules that have placed near-impossible regulations on abortion clinics.