The bill makes it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion, but it’s primary goal is to be challenged to the Supreme Court in hopes of overturning Roe v. Wade.
If it gets signed into law, Alabama will have the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation on its books, and Hollywood is outraged at this latest push to overturn Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court level.
Last week, Georgia passed legislation that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detectives, at approximately six weeks. Alabama doubled down on that, seeking to make it illegal to have an abortion at any time after conception, and criminalizing any doctors who perform the procedure.
The Senate followed the Alabama House in passing the bill that would punish doctors with a 99-year sentence for performing an abortion, which would be classified a felony. The Birmingham News reports that women receiving an abortion would not be criminally liable, but eliminating doctors who can perform them is effective enough.
The vote was 25-6. An attempt to include exceptions in the case of incest or rape was shot down 11-21.
As it stands the only viable exceptions to the virtual ban are "to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother" and if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly."
It is currently unclear of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey will sign the bill — she has six days to do so — but she has been publicly anti-abortion in the past. And as Busy Philipps points out, it’s unclear if legislators even want this bill to stand as written.
"I know what they’re doing. We all do," she tweeted. "But what I don’t know is what to do if they manage to get it to this Supreme Court. I’m not sure what happens then."
After the controversial confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, the makeup of the Supreme Court is firmly conservative, making now the best chance for pro-life advocates to seek an overturn of Roe v. Wade to make abortions illegal at the federal level.
CNN reports that that these new laws being passed at the state level are blatantly and intentionally unconstitutional by design. Rep. Terri Collins, who introduced the bill in the House six weeks ago, went so far as to say she would support the rape and incest exceptions, but only after the bill’s true goal is achieved.
"My goal with this bill is not to hurt them in any way," she said of rape and other victims of sexual violence. "My goal with this bill, and I think all of our goal, is to have Roe v. Wade turned over, and that decision be sent back to the states so that we can come up with our laws that address and include amendments and things that address those issues."
In the meantime, outrage is the order of the day, as Hollywood and beyond were quick to note that it was 25 white, male Senators who voted the bill into law. "Not one uterus," Alyssa Milano tweeted.
Josh Gad joined many women, and even local protesters in Alabama, in finding a comparison to this legislation and Hulu’s dark dystopian series about the oppression of female rights of all kinds. "Whatever the f–k this ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ cosplay competition that’s going on in the South right now is, it’s beyond disturbing," he tweeted.
Check out some of the first Hollywood reactions Tuesday night to the bill passing the Senate, and stay tuned to see whether it gets signed into law, as the similar bill in Georgia was last week:
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