Grind for May 28th, 2019
“Death is a fearful thing”
– William Shakespeare.
Pro-choice groups sue Alabama over abortion law
As promised, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood are suing the state of Alabama in an attempt to prevent its anti-abortion law from going into effect in November.
This response is exactly what GOP lawmakers wanted because the lawsuits will help push the issue to the conservative-leaning Supreme Court.
“We’ve been clear: If you attack our constitutional right to reproductive freedom, we will sue,” tweeted the ACLU on Friday. “Politicians’ stated intention behind Alabama’s extreme abortion ban is to directly challenge Roe v. Wade. We’re asking the court today to follow more than 45 years of established precedent and strike down this blatantly unconstitutional law.”
At this point it is unclear whether there is a majority in the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Alabama’s new law labels abortion a “Class A felony” punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The law makes exceptions for cases when the mother’s life is in danger, but not for rape or incest.
“This bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection,” says Alabama State Rep. Terri Collins.
Alabama’s anti-abortion law is even more strict than so-called “heartbeat” bills, which ban abortion after the point at which a fetal heartbeat can be detected (usually about six weeks into a pregnancy).
Seven states have passed heartbeat bills this year, but none have taken effect.
We can expect the Supreme Court to hear arguments on the Alabama case sometime during the term that begins in October, with a final decision coming smack in the middle of the 2020 presidential election.
Based on past actions, the court is more likely to adopt a step-by-step approach than reverse Roe v. Wade.
As noted in The Washington Post, “Multiple cases involving abortion restrictions less fundamental than the Alabama law…are already at the Supreme Court, and the justices could decide at any time to take one or all.”
Ireland votes to make divorce easier
The Republic of Ireland on Saturday held a public referendum to liberalize its strict divorce laws.
Voters overwhelmingly supported the removal of a clause requiring married couples to live apart for four years before filing for divorce.
Early results suggest roughly 82% of voters supported the change.
Ireland legalized divorce by public referendum in 1995, with just over 50% of voters backing the change.
The Irish Parliament will now determine a shorter separation period for divorce. Prior to the vote, the Irish government suggested a period of two years.
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
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