Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the controversial Alabama abortion bill into law on Wednesday.
The law will make nearly all abortions in the state illegal and make performing one a felony, punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison unless the mother’s health is at risk, with no exceptions for women impregnated by rape or incest.
“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,” Ivey said in a statement.
Republican lawmaker Rep. Terri Collins, who sponsored the bill, did so in hopes of reigniting the debate surrounding Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the nation, to push justices into overturning the landmark ruling.
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