By Taniesa L. Sullivan
(TWLN)-With the overturning of Roe v. Wade it has left the legality of abortion up to the states.
As expected, leaders in Alabama are divided on the issue. Republican leaders, including the governor, welcome the decision while Democratic leaders fear what this could mean for the future of reproductive rights.
Abortions at this time remain legal in Alabama, however Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey signed a near-total abortion ban into law in 2019. That law is currently blocked by a court but could now go into effect with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. It’s called the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, and the exceptions are for medical emergencies only.
With Roe v. Wade being overturned, it looks as though Florida would be the only southeastern state that would allow abortions based on current state law.
There are some blue states working to ensure abortions remain legal for people who are out of state.
We will continue to update as more information on this becomes available.