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Wed May 15, 2019, 05:35 PM

 

2020 Democrats warn Alabama portends larger abortion fight

WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidates rushed Wednesday to condemn Alabama's approval of a ban on nearly all abortions, warning that it portends a larger offensive by conservatives around the country to undermine the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is deciding whether to sign a bill making performing abortions at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison for the provider.

Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved abortion bans once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy. Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa signed a six-week ban last year in the state that kicks off presidential primary voting.

But Alabama's restrictions would be the nation's strictest, the only exception coming when the woman's health is at serious risk. Supporters have been open about predicting that they could spark legal fights that will eventually lead the Supreme Court to revisit the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.

Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted: "Republicans in AL, FL, GA, and OH are ushering in laws that clearly violate Roe v Wade and they should be declared unconstitutional. Roe v Wade is settled law and should not be overturned. This choice should remain between a woman and her doctor."

Sen. Cory Booker said it's not enough to hope that the Supreme Court will uphold the Roe v. Wade decision in the future, telling The Associated Press that the Alabama measure was an assault on women's freedom and liberty and adding, "We should not wait. We cannot wait to see if this gets worse."

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/2020-democrats-warn-alabama-portends-larger-abortion-fight/ar-AABp4O7?li=BBnb7Kz
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