Last week, the governor of Alabama signed into law a bill that completely bans abortions except if a woman’s health is in serious danger.
This law contains no exceptions for rape or incest victims. Also, abortion will be criminalized and doctors who perform them could face up to 99 years in prison.
A few months ago, the state of New York passed a law that allows abortion anytime necessary to protect a woman’s health or life. This according to some legal experts would make abortions legal up to the time the child is born (third trimester).
Under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, reserved powers given to the states allow them to deal with the family matters including abortions. Apparently both of these states’ laws on abortion are extreme.
Under the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled the following:
Women have the right to an abortion during the first trimester (first three months of pregnancy).
If a state has a compelling interest, it can prohibit an abortion if it affects the life or the health of the pregnant woman.
If a state has a compelling interest, it can prohibit an abortion if the fetus (unborn child) has viability or the ability to live out of the mother’s womb.
A lawsuit will probably be filed in a federal court to have this law declared unconstitutional.
Hopefully it reaches the Supreme Court, it will render a decision acceptable to both the pro-choice and pro-life supporters.
Silvestre Moreno Jr.