Help get Alabama's anti-abortion laws to the Supreme Court for judicial review

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As a woman, I am appalled by Alabama's restrictive anti-abortion laws; as an American, I fear for the safety of our democracy. These laws violate numerous amendments made to the Constitution. It is imperative that the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of these laws through judicial review.

In a Tweet made by Alabama governor Kay Ivey, she states, "Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God". The First Amendment prohibits the government from "making any law 'respecting an establishment of religion'"(Wex Legal Dictionary). By signing this bill into law and releasing this statement, Kay Ivey is openly respecting an establishment of religion.

Furthermore, the Alabama Human Life Protection Act violates the protections established under the Fourth Amendment in previous landmark cases such as Roe v. Wade and Griswold v. Connecticut. The Fourth Amendment grants American citizens with the right to be "secure in their persons" (Cornell Law). This right was upheld in previous Supreme Court cases addressing abortion, with the Supreme Court ruling in favor of a woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion, as well as the liberty to do so safely and legally.

By this logic, the punishment proposed by the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, up to 99 years in prison for a doctor that performs an abortion, also violates the Eighth Amendment, which protects against cruel and unusual punishment. Life in prison is given for the most heinous crimes. This is not a heinous crime. This is a  liberty that the American government swore to protect when Roe v. Wade's verdict was issued.

Under the Fourteenth Amendment, selective incorporation allows all of these amendments to apply to the states as well. Selective incorporation ensures that the protections granted in the Bill of Rights from the federal government also protect citizens from the state government. As of now, every single one of these amendments has been applied to the states through this process (the only exceptions to selective incorporation are the Ninth and Tenth Amendment).

Lastly, the Alabama Human Life Protection Act does not allow exceptions in the cases of rape or incest. It only allows exceptions for when a fetus is not viable due to a lethal anomaly or when it physically endangers the life of the mother. Forcing a woman to carry a child that is the product of rape or incest may not be "physically endangering", but it is a direct violation of their psychological health. This act would reduce women's medical autonomy to that of less than a corpse. Medical professionals need written consent to harvest a cadaver's organs. Women did not consent to this law, this blatant restriction of their medical autonomy, this violation of their physical and psychological health as well as their constitutional rights. Please sign this petition so this case can reach the Supreme Court, either through original jurisdiction or through the legal process. Sign this petition to protect women and the doctors that care for them.


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