Whose bodies? Ours!
This bill does a really good job of protecting
the most vulnerable members of our human family.
We’re going to be shouting from the rooftops
that abortion is still safe, legal and accessible.
Abortion is back on the agenda in America – and it’s got both sides energised.
In May, Alabama approved a near outright abortion ban,
including in cases of rape or incest.
And seven other states have passed “heartbeat bills”,
which ban abortion as soon as a heartbeat can be detected.
So far this year, more than 20 other states have introduced
or proposed some form of restriction on abortion.
There is a heartbeat, this is a thriving growing human person
and we need to acknowledge that and protect that life as well.
I work at an abortion clinic escort in Huntsville, Alabama, and what we’ve seen
since these heartbeat bills and this legislation has started being passed across the US
we’ve seen the activism and the threats
from the anti-choice movement on the sidewalk ramp up.
This is part of a comprehensive and rather clever campaign by pro-life advocates.
They have passed laws of different types in different states.
Good evening, in a landmark ruling the Supreme Court today legalised abortion.
The aim is to challenge Roe vs Wade, the 1973 ruling by the US Supreme Court
that legalised abortion.
The procedure has been allowed only until viability – that is, the point at which a foetus
is able to live outside the womb, generally between 24 and 28 weeks.
In recent years, some states have tried to ban abortions
in the second trimester – that’s before viability.
The heartbeat bills passed in 2019 would prohibit abortions around the six-week mark
before most women even know they are pregnant.
And the Alabama law now goes to the very beginning of a pregnancy,
effectively banning abortion from just days after conception.
This one is different because it is a frontal attack on Roe vs Wade.
It is clearly unconstitutional under the Supreme Court precedent.
Gorsuch: As Associate Justice at the Supreme Court…
President Trump appointed two strongly anti-abortion justices to the Supreme Court,
giving conservatives a 5-4 majority.
But it’s likely to be Chief Justice John Roberts
who decides whether to take up the Alabama case.
So the concern for pro-choice advocates in the country really is two-fold.
This is a direct assault but it may not be the most serious threat.
John Roberts could reject this, could even block it from being heard
but they could still grant review in these collateral attacks,
chipping away making it more difficult to get an abortion in various states.
Roberts could very well sign off on that.
That would not make abortion illegal everywhere.
It would leave it up to each state to decide when and how a woman could get an abortion.