In two more weeks Alabama was going to become the state with one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States. However, a federal judge on Tuesday blocked the draconian regulation that penalized the termination of pregnancy as a serious crime at any stage of pregnancy – even in cases of incest or rape – and criminalized the practicing doctor with up to 99 years in prison . The procedure was only allowed when the mother's life was in "serious" danger or the fetus presented a lethal anomaly that could cause her death shortly after birth. The preliminary mandate of the judge will remain in effect until the "court resolves the case in its entirety."
"The abortion ban in Alabama contradicts a clear precedent of the Supreme Court of Justice," wrote US District Judge Myron Thompson in an opinion attached to the ruling. “It violates an individual's right to privacy, to make central decisions for personal dignity and autonomy. It decreases the ability of women to act in society and to make decisions on reproductive health. Challenge the United States Constitution, "he concluded.RELATED
The architects of the prohibitive Alabama law hope that it is finally the Supreme Court that decides. Since Donald Trump arrived at the White House, the highest court has added two conservatives in their ranks, which may mean that in case of discussing abortion, there is a majority of five out of four to reverse the historic sentence known as Roe versus Wade , which established in 1973 that abortion was a constitutional right protected by amendment 14 of the Magna Carta. Next June, the Court will publish its decision on this issue, particularly the laws against abortion in Louisiana, which requires doctors who practice termination of pregnancy to do so in clinics located less than 48 kilometers from a general hospital .
Thompson issued the preliminary injunction on Tuesday preventing Alabama from having to comply, as of November 15, with the law passed in the state Congress last May. The ruling, which ensured that abortion services will remain available in the State at least for now, will remain in effect until the "court resolves the case in its entirety." Randall Marshall, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said the judge's decision was to be expected. "This poorly advised law will cost taxpayers more money," he lamented, referring to the costs of legal proceedings.
The attempt to assault the right to abortion in Alabama is part of a wave of initiatives presented and approved by conservative states over the past two years. But lower courts have been tasked with blocking restrictive laws such as those in Georgia, North Dakota and Arkansas, before they go into effect. Now the eyes are on what the Supreme will decide next June on Louisiana. It will be the first pronouncement on the termination of pregnancy with the two new members chosen by Trump and can set a precedent that will drag the United States into times of prohibition.