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Alabama state sued over abortion bill






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Two groups in the USA have challenged the near-total abortion ban in Alabama. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tweeted: "If you attack our constitutional right to reproductive freedom, we will sue." The bill is called the "Human Life Protection Act." It bans all abortions in the state, except when there is a serious risk to the mother. The bill criminalizes abortion. Doctors who perform an abortion could be put in prison for up to 99 years.

Passions are high in Alabama. A big disagreement is that the bill has no exceptions for incest and rape. President Trump did not support the ban because of this. Alabama's House of Representatives rejected attempts to allow these exceptions. Alabama's governor said the law was "a powerful testament...that every life is precious and...a sacred gift from God". The ACLU said the law was a "manmade public health emergency".

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