MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A U.S. District Court in Alabama granted a preliminary injunction today blocking an extreme Alabama law that would have banned abortion in nearly all instances and that threatened doctors with up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion. This harmful ban, which was scheduled to take effect on November 15, would have dismantled abortion access for nearly one million women of reproductive age in Alabama.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ACLU of Alabama, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America brought the lawsuit on behalf of Alabama abortion care providers and their patients. Today’s decision comes on the heels of decisions by other courts blocking similar bans in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio.
Randall Marshall, Executive Director, ACLU of Alabama had the following reaction:
“As expected, the court has blocked the law and it will not go into effect. Abortion remains legal in Alabama. The state’s repeated attempts to push abortion out of reach by enacting unconstitutional laws restricting abortions have already cost taxpayers nearly 2.5 million dollars. This ill-advised law will cost taxpayers more money.”
Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, senior staff attorney, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project:
“Today’s decision recognizes this ban for what it is: a blatantly unconstitutional attack on the fundamental right to abortion. The Alabama ban, and the others like it, are the culmination of a nationwide strategy to push abortion out of reach. In the past nine years, states have passed 479 restrictions on access to abortion, leaving increasingly vast areas of our country with few or no abortion providers. The ACLU will continue fighting for a future that safeguards people’s ability to get abortion care, upholds basic rights and justice, and respects our decision-making — no matter where we live and no matter how much money we make.”
Dr. Yashica Robinson, comprehensive women’s health specialist and plaintiff in the case:
“This win is critical to our patients and to health care providers like myself. The abortion care we provide is essential health care, and these ruthless attacks from anti-abortion politicians have no place in Alabama. We will keep fighting to ensure that we can provide care that our patients need and to keep abortion accessible in our communities.”
The ruling can be found here: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/preliminary-injunction-blocking-alabama-abortion-ban
Information about the case can be found here: https://www.aclu.org/cases/robinson-et-al-v-marshall-et-al