(Reuters) – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed a invoice to ban all abortions within the state, even in instances of rape and incest, within the newest bid by political conservatives difficult the landmark 1973 Supreme Court resolution that established a lady’s proper to terminate her being pregnant.
U.S. abortion-rights activists had already vowed to go court docket to dam enforcement of the Alabama measure, which ranks because the nation’s strictest anti-abortion regulation.
The resolution by Ivey, a Republican who opposes abortion, got here a day after the Republican-controlled state Senate accepted the abortion ban.
“To the invoice’s many supporters, this laws stands as a strong testomony to Alabamians’ deeply held perception that each life is treasured and that each life is a sacred present from God,” Ivey stated in an announcement. “To all Alabamians, I guarantee you that we are going to proceed to comply with the rule of regulation.”
As handed, the regulation would take impact in six months.
Legislation to limit abortion rights has been launched this 12 months in 16 states, 4 of whose governors have signed payments banning abortion if a fetal heartbeat will be detected.
Reporting by Barbara Goldberg and Daniel Trotta in New York, further reporting by Ginger Gibson in Washington and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles, writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Lisa Shumaker