The Latest: Protesters to march against Alabama abortion ban
Thursday, 16 May 2019 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Alabama's strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban (all times local):
Opponents of Alabama's new abortion ban plan a Sunday afternoon rally at the state Capitol.
Organizers of the March for Reproductive Freedom say "people should have the right to make the decisions that are best for their bodies without state interference."
They plan to march to the Capitol steps at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Similar marches are planned in Birmingham and Huntsville.
The Alabama law would take effect in six months, but legal challenges are certain to hold it up. If ultimately found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, it would make it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy.
Leading U.S. physician groups are denouncing strict anti-abortion measures adopted or proposed in several states, saying they interfere with doctor-patient relationships and would criminalize legal procedures.
The American Medical Association's president, Dr. Barbara McAneny, says the group supports access to abortion and "strongly condemns" government interference that compromises the ability of doctors to help patients choose options for medically appropriate treatment.
McAneny issued a statement after Alabama's governor signed the nation's most restrictive abortion law on Wednesday. It would expose abortion providers to life in prison if it overcomes legal challenges.
Six other major medical groups issued a joint statement raising similar concerns on Thursday. They are the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Osteopathic...
On Wednesday Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill to ban all abortions in the state, even in cases of rape and incest. Reuters reports that this is the latest bid by political conservatives challenging the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s right to terminate her...