Stephen Colbert mocked the Alabama Senate for introducing a strict anti-abortion legislation, suggesting pregnant ladies will get to “vote twice” now because the invoice considers a fetus as an individual with rights.
State governor Kay Ivey signed an abortion invoice into legislation Wednesday night, as Alabama applied the hardest anti-abortion legislation of any of the 50 states.
The legislation, which handed by a vote of 25-6 on Tuesday, states abortions are to be banned in any respect levels of being pregnant, together with in instances of rape and incest.
“The bill makes no exception for victims of rape and incest because the whole point of this law is to establish that a fetus is a person with rights,” Colbert stated on The Late Show on Wednesday night. “That is a bold interpretation of human development. But, on the plus side, pregnant women get to vote twice now.”
The legislation additionally states that docs who carry out abortions may have prices introduced in opposition to them and could possibly be sentenced to as much as 99 years in jail.
Colbert hinted that treating performing abortion like a category A felony was, very like the remainder of the legislation, unnecessarily strict, and prompt Alabama remained rooted in a bygone period.
“They are going to throw them right in the Alabama slammer for 99 years,” he joked. “It’s 2019, so by the time they get out, in Alabama it will be 1895.”
Alabama isn’t the primary state to implement harder abortion legal guidelines, with North Dakota, Ohio, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia all enacting a ban on all or most abortions. The latter handed its abortion invoice final week, making it unlawful to acquire an abortion after roughly six weeks into being pregnant. Critics have argued that at such an early stage, many ladies don’t even know they’re pregnant.
Alabama’s new legislation attracted a barrage of criticism from throughout the nation, however Ivey, a Republican, strongly defended it. “To the bill’s many supporters, 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,” he stated.
However, like its counterpart in Georgia, the laws faces a authorized problem from Democratic politicians and ladies’s well being advocates.
“We is not going to enable that to occur, and we are going to see them in court docket. Despite the governor signing this invoice, clinics will stay open, and abortion remains to be a secure, authorized medical process in any respect clinics in Alabama,” Randall Marshall, the manager director of the ACLU of Alabama, stated in a press release.
Staci Fox, the president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, went additional. “To the Alabama politicians that voted for this invoice, our message is that this: you’ll without end dwell in infamy for this vote,” she stated. “And Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates will make sure every woman knows who to hold accountable.”
Pro-choice activists maintain indicators in response to anti-abortion activists taking part within the “March for Life,” an annual occasion to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion within the US, outdoors the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, January 18. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images