What millions of Americans had worried about during the 2016 presidential election has happened. Several states — such as Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, and more — are passing dangerous legislation to drag the state of reproductive health and a woman's right to choose back down into the dark ages. Yes, things seem terrible and bleak right now, but there's still a fight to be had and here's how you can support abortion rights in Alabama and other states with draconian laws affecting countless people's reproductive and constitutional rights.
"Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature," Ivey said in a statement, according to CNN. "To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God."
Alabama is not the first state to start peeling back reproductive rights; the state has followed in the footsteps of six other states that have introduced bills to ban abortions after six weeks, including Georgia, Ohio, North Dakota, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa, according to USA Today.And sadly, this terrible step in the wrong direction from Alabama is continuing the ripple effect. On Thursday morning, May 16, the Missouri Senate passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks gestation, as NBC News reported.