A US federal judge has blocked Alabama’s near-total abortion ban from going into effect on 15 November.
According to AL, District Judge Myron Thompson issued a ruling blocking the Human Life Protection Act from taking effect while a challenge to the law makes its way through court.
“The court is persuaded that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed in showing that the Act violates an individual’s constitutional right to obtain a pre-viability abortion, and thus that it violates her constitutional rights,” Judge Thompson said in his ruling.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates had sued the state, claiming that the law, which would ban abortion in almost every case, is unconstitutional.
“The court is persuaded that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed in showing that the Act violates an individual’s constitutional right to obtain a pre-viability abortion, and thus that it violates her constitutional rights,” Thompson said in his order for a preliminary injunction.
However, the ruling is in no way hindering the pro-life's intentions to eradicate medical abortions almost entirely.
Alabama State Representative Terri Collins, who championed the abortion ban in the Alabama legislature, maintains that Judge Thompson's blocking of the law is merely "the first of many steps".
“Today’s ruling is both expected and welcomed. Our law was designed to overturn Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court level, and today’s ruling is merely the first of many steps on that legal journey. I remain confident that our mission will be successful and appreciate the support of millions of citizens who support our effort to preserve unborn life,” Collins said.
Back in May, horror grasped social media as a direct result of Alabama’s near-total ban on abortion.
Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Human Life Protection Act, banning nearly all abortion except for those performed to prevent serious health risk of the mother. The law would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion.
Alabama is one of at least six other states attempting to challenge the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v Wade, including Ohio, Georgia, Iowa, North Dakota, Kentucky and Mississippi.
Presently, there are three clinics that provide abortions in Alabama.