This Awesome Female Attorney Is Planning To Sue Alabama's Governor If Abortion Bill Is Approved
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A badass attorney has threatened to take Governor Kay Ivey to court if she signs Alabama's controversial abortion bill.
Alexa Kolbi-Molinas announced the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU's) intent to sue over the legislation - after news broke that the southern state voted to approve the bill that outlaws almost all abortions.
The senior staff attorney at the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project told CBS News in a statement: "We will not stand by while politicians endanger the lives of women and doctors for political gain.
"Know this, Governor [Kay] Ivey, if you sign this dangerous bill into law, we will see you in Court."
The legal expert (rightly) called out the female Republican Governor, whose desk the legislation is headed to.
Although Governor Ivey has not said whether she will sign the bill or not, she is known to be a strong opponent of abortion and it is likely to have won her backing.
This week, it was announced that the Alabama House of Representatives and Senate had voted to approve a bill that outlaws almost all abortions - including cases of incest and rape.
This bill, which is the harshest of its kind in the US, was passed by a majority of 25 to six, and if signed by the Governor Ivey, will come into action in six months' time.
The proposed legislation also makes it a criminal offence - meaning a doctor could face 10 years in prison for attempting to terminate a pregnancy and 99 years for carrying out the procedure.
Although the bill has been passed in Alabama's House and Senate, it is expected to face legal challenges with many already noting that those voting for the bill were men.
Folks I've been staring at this picture of the people who voted to force women to give birth even in the case of rape and incest for about 10 minutes and I'm getting the weirdest feeling representation might be important pic.twitter.com/PpXTItGtlj
- James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 15, 2019
22 Senators voted against including an exception for rape or incest in Alabama's new draconian abortion law.
Notice any similarities? pic.twitter.com/QNxFC1JU2u
- Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) May 15, 2019
The legislation is part of a wider effort to have the US Supreme Court rethink a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.
Already this year, the US has seen 16 other states seeking to impose restrictions on abortions.
Just last month, the Supreme Court blocked implementation of new abortion restrictions in Louisiana.
While the US state of Georgia sparked a global condemnation earlier this week over a new abortion law which, if passed, would make some abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy illegal.
Dubbed the 'Heartbeat Bill', the law is scheduled to come into effect in Georgia on 1st January 2020 and has been signed by Governor Brian Kemp.
Georgia joins Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota and Ohio in green lighting the legislation.