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American States restrict abortion rights

Gov. Kay Ivey signed the controversial Alabama Human Life Protection Act, which outlaws almost all situations to perform abortions in the state, a day after the Republican-controlled Senate voted to send her the bill without adding exceptions for victims of rape and incest despite pleas from their Democratic colleagues.

As a result of the new Act, doctors in the state could face up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion unless a woman’s health is at “serious” risk.

To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,”  Gov.Ivey said in a statement.

Ivey added that the bill, which will take effect in six months, “closely resembled an abortion ban that has been a part of Alabama law for well over 100 years.”

A number of states across the country have adopted restrictive abortion measures, with the Alabama voting to effectively ban the procedure entirely unless the mother’s life is at stake.

Sixteen (16) states have passed or are currently considering abortion bans once a fetal heartbeat is detected about six weeks into pregnancy. Four (4) states have approved so-called heartbeat abortion laws.

Proponents of the measures have said they hope to trigger a legal battle that could eventually lead the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion.

At present, experts insist some prosecutors must push against the states’ actions on abortion by refusing to enforce them.

Irish voted to legalize abortion

In a historic victory the Republic of Ireland has voted to effectively legalize abortion, removing a clause in the constitution that had been described by the UN as a violation of human rights.

The Irish electorate voted 1,429,981 to 723,632 in favor of repealing the Eighth Amendment of the country’s constitution.

The result removes the equal right to life of the unborn and mother from the constitution. The conservative 1983 law had effectively banned all abortions, leading to thousands of Irish women travelling abroad to countries such as the UK to undergo the procedure.

The vote came as a total defeat of anti-abortion campaigners, who have already assessed the referendum results as a “tragedy of historic proportions”; they also quoted the Vatican, pointing out that while giving right to a women, the abortion denies an unborn child his or her “most basic right, to life itself.”