DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall wanted to get a 2019 law banning most abortions on the books on Friday.
Roe v. Wade was the law of the land, there had been an injunction against it, but after Friday’s ruling, he filed an emergency motion to dissolve the injunction. On Friday, WDHN learned that his motion has been granted, and effective immediately, most abortions are illegal in Alabama
Strong emotions in the Wiregrass with the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
“It was the first thing I woke up to this morning and I actually woke up in tears about it,” Wiregrass resident, Victoria Craven said.
A Dothan woman is trying to set up a protest in support of abortion rights.
“I want to bring awareness to the movement and I would like our side to be heard, especially the women because that is whose side it is affecting the most,” Craven said.
Local Republicans are hailing Friday’s decision.
“All rights non-enshrined to the constitution should devolve to the states,” Houston County Republican Party Chairman Brandon Shoupe said. “Alabama can be Alabama and New York can be New York.”
Alabama set the stage to ban most abortions in 2019, passing a near-total ban on abortions, with no exception for rape or incest and allowed only if a mother’s health was at serious risk.
An injunction prevented it from going into effect but now that’s been dissolved.
“I would assume that if not right now,” Shoupe said. “At some time in the near future. Abortion will be outlawed in the state of Alabama.
Analysts also predict that lawmakers will try to moderate that ban to allow exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
Until Friday, abortions were legal in Alabama up until the 20th week of gestation, unless there is a medical problem for the fetus or mother.
With Roe v. Wade overturned, all three of Alabama’s abortion clinics stopped operation, under the advisement of their attorneys.
All 3 clinics, one in Montgomery, one in Tuscaloosa, and one in Huntsville, have shut their doors.
“I don’t know what the plans for the building are,” Co-Coordinator of the Clinic Escorts, Alabama Reproductive Rights Association, Kathy Zentner said. “They could certainly be an OBGYN office or something like that but it cannot exist as an abortion clinic.”
Attorney General Steve Marshall released a statement saying:
Any abortionist or abortion clinic operating in the state of Alabama in violation of Alabama law should immmediately cease and desist operations.
Now that the 2019 abortion ban is in effect, elective abortions are considered a felony, and anyone found guilty can be prosecuted.
Abortion providers can be sentenced to prison for anywhere from 10 to 99 years.
Stay with WDHN News for updates on this developing story.