Pro-Life Alabama Law Suffers Setback

The State of Alabama was dealt a setback last week when a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction preventing pro-life legislation from taking effect.

Pro-life New Yorkers may recall that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the Human Life Protection Act into law in May 2019. The law has been described as the most protective pro-life law in the United States. It would ban abortion except in cases where a mother’s life is endangered, where the unborn baby suffers from a fetal anomaly that will likely cause his or her death soon after birth, or where a mother may attempt to kill herself or her child if she does not receive an abortion.

Following existing legal precedent, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson blocked the Human Life Protection Act from being implemented on October 29, 2019. The law had been challenged in court by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall responded: “‘As we have stated before, the State’s objective is to advance our case to the U.S. Supreme Court where we intend to submit evidence that . . . the Constitution does not prohibit states from protecting unborn children from abortion.’”