The near-total abortion ban passed by the Alabama Legislature and signed into law this week was a major topic of conversation among students at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
The ban is the strictest one passed anywhere in the 46 years since the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that there is a constitutional right to abortion.
“This bill is very extreme, and it … affects my viewpoint of living in the state itself,” said senior Melanie Parker.
“I’m not planning on living here after I graduate.”.
The Alabama Human Life Protection Act makes abortion illegal at every stage of pregnancy, even in cases of incest or rape, unless the mother’s life is in danger.
It also makes the penalty for providing an abortion up to 99 years in prison.
And it’s really frustrating for me because there’s so much good stuff that’s happening in Alabama. »