The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Alabama, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed a lawsuit challenging an extreme law that bans abortion in nearly every case and punishes doctors with up to 99 years in prison for providing care.
Alabama House Bill 314 (HB 314) bans nearly all abortions in the state. Governor Kay Ivey signed HB 314 into law on May 15, 2019, making Alabama the fifth state in 2019 to ban abortion. The federal lawsuit, which was brought on behalf of all of Alabama’s abortion providers and their patients, successfully blocked Alabama's unconstitutional abortion ban from taking effect in October 2019.
This near-total abortion ban is the latest of a long line of medically unnecessary and politically motivated restrictions passed by anti-abortion politicians in Alabama that aim to push care out of reach. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood Southeast have successfully challenged multiple previous such restrictions. They have never lost a challenge to an abortion restriction in Alabama.
Alabama’s extreme abortion ban is part of a national strategy to push abortion care out of reach. In 2019, Kentucky, Georgia, Ohio, and Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas, Utah and Louisiana also enacted laws banning abortion. Lawsuits were filed and injunctions have been obtained in all of these states, blocking the bans from taking effect.
Since 2010, state politicians have passed more than 570 medically unnecessary and politically motivated restrictions nationwide that force patients to delay care, shut down clinics, and make abortion care unaffordable.
In addition to Dr. Yashica Robinson, plaintiffs represented in the case are Alabama Women’s Center, Reproductive Health Services, West Alabama Women’s Center, and Planned Parenthood Southeast.