Rihanna Slams Alabama's Controversial Abortion Ban In Heated Instagram Post

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 18, 2019

Could it result in the return of backstreet abortions of the kind that were performed before Roe v. Wade?

The actress and late-night host started the hashtag late on Tuesday night, hours after Alabama lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to effectively ban all abortions in the state. Activists hope challenges to abortion laws will reach the Supreme Court, where Roe v. Wade could be overturned or weakened.

"The overwhelming majority of Americans have no desire to return to the world before Roe v. Wade", Warren wrote. "And so the time to act is now".

The Alabama bill goes further, banning abortions at any time, unless the mother's health is in danger.

Although the bill does include exemptions for medical emergencies, like Alabama's horrific bill, it will not exclude pregnancies caused by rape or incest.

The bill would outlaw abortion even in the case of rape or incest after eight weeks of pregnancy, with violations by doctors punishable by prison sentences, though women who seek out the procedure would not be subject to criminal prosecution.

Protesters march through the halls of the Missouri Capitol outside the House chamber on Friday, May 17, 2019, in Jefferson City, Missouri, in opposition to legislation prohibiting abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

But supporters of the Alabama ban said the right to life of the fetus transcended other rights, an idea they would like tested at the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Missouri Governor Parson should be ashamed of riding the disgraceful coat tails of 25 white men in Alabama who just voted to ban safe, legal abortion", Ms Wen said.

While pro-life Americans would be thrilled with this development, pro-choice Americans are sounding the alarm over a "coordinated attack on Roe v. Wade and women's reproductive freedom". A spokesperson told WHNT News 19 that the ACLU Alabama chapter has already seen a spike in donations and attention on social media.

Notably, Warren said "all future health coverage - including Medicare for All - includes contraception and abortion coverage".

Leaders at the state Planned Parenthood advocacy branch are calling a state bill that bans abortion, "a risky attack on Missourians' health care".

The 2020 presidential candidate from MA said establishing federal statutory rights to abortion services would pre-empt state restrictions, like those approved in states like Alabama, Georgia and Ohio. Some required abortion clinics to meet the same requirements as ambulatory surgical centers, including having certain room sizes and hallway widths. Other TRAP laws required doctors performing abortions to obtain admitting privileges in a local hospital.

She's not the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for the codification of Roe's ruling on abortion rights into law, an idea that would face significant resistance from congressional Republicans.

That's why the language in recently-passed pro-life laws focuses on attributing personhood, and the rights thereof, to unborn babies, something that portends to be one of the central aspects of the legal disputes in the months and years to come. They also pointed to the large number of women have abortions because of sexual assault or because their lives are threatened.

The bill, the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act, would "regulate abortion to the full extent permitted by the Constitution". But the current Supreme Court is more likely to take an incremental approach that approves abortion restrictions without overturning the right to abortion, report the New York Times, USA Today and the Washington Post. Title X provides funding for birth control and other family planning services for low-income patients.

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