Planned Parenthood, ACLU Oppose Alabama LawPosted: June 13, 2013
Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit this week against a new Alabama law that would likely shut down the five state clinics that provide abortion services. Beginning July 1st, the law will require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, along with various other restrictions. The plaintiffs are arguing that the law is solely aimed at making abortions more difficult to obtain and the new requirements are medically unnecessary. While sponsors argue that the bill will ensure safer abortion practices, current procedures are already safe and procedures are in place in the case of complications. In reality, the bill will most likely endanger the lives of Alabama women by forcing them to seek less safe and legal alternatives. A similar Mississippi law is currently being challenged in federal court.
If left standing, the Alabama law will require clinics to move or shut down, restricting reproductive health service access to many women. As a result, women will be required to travel in some cases hundreds of miles in order to seek legal abortion services, in addition to often having to wait twenty-four hours after an initial appointment. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are challenging the constitutionality of these burdens in an Alabama court.
Read more on the suit here.