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Guard Tower Barbed Wire Fence Boundary Federal Prison

Today, the Campaign for Smart Justice with ACLU of Alabama released a report with dire predictions about Alabama’s prison crisis. Based on an analysis of current parole practices using five years of data from the Alabama Department of Corrections, the report projects Alabama’s prison population will skyrocket this year alone by over 3,700 people due to a dramatic drop in paroles.

In the last two months of 2019, Alabama’s parole board considered 200 people for release, and granted parole to only 17 of them. Because Alabama’s prisons are already unconstitutionally overcrowded, the effective cessation of parole will drive the population to …

On Friday, September 20th U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ordered the State of Alabama to pay the legal fees for the attorneys of the abortion clinics that challenged a 2016 Alabama Abortion Law that sought to ban most popular second-trimester abortions.

The American Civil Liberties Union and two abortion clinics, West Alabama Women’s Center and Alabama Women’s Center, sued Alabama after the Governor signed a law in 2016 banning a procedure commonly known as dilation and evacuation.  Judge Thompson ruled the 2016 law unconstitutional in October of 2017.  In his order, …

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The ACLU has made good on their promise to sue Alabama over their abortion ban by filing a lawsuit today against the state.

“Make no mistake: Abortion remains – and will remain – safe and legal in Alabama. With this lawsuit, we are seeking a court order to make sure this law never takes effect,” said Randall Marshall, executive director of the ACLU of Alabama. “We hope our state’s elected leaders take note and stop using taxpayer dollars on a legal gamble that they know is unconstitutional and unenforceable.”

Governor Kay Ivey signed HB 314 into …

Governor Kay Ivey Signs Abortion Ban

Governor Kay Ivey Signs Abortion Ban

Just a day after the Alabama Senate passed an abortion bill that would ban abortions in all cases except when a mother’s life is at risk, Governor Kay Ivey has signed HB 314 into law.

Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God. https://t.co/DwKJyAjSs8 pic.twitter.com/PIUQip6nmw

— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) May 15, 2019

The …

Protestors At Anti-Abortion Rally

Protestors At Anti-Abortion Rally

The Alabama House voted 74-3 yesterday in favor of HB 314, a bill that would ban abortions even in cases of rape and incest. Democrats walked out on the vote.

The bills sponsor, State Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur) has said the goal of the bill is to eventually overturn Roe vs. Wade.

The bill makes it a Class A felony for a doctor to perform an abortion and a Class C felony for attempting to perform an abortion unless there is a serious health risk to the mother.

An amendment was introduced by State …

Protestors At Anti-Abortion Rally

Protestors At Anti-Abortion Rally

Alabama Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur) introduced HB 314 today to ban abortions in Alabama.

The bill would make abortion and attempted abortion a Class A Felony offense except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.

The bill does not hold a woman criminally culpable or civilly liable for receiving an abortion.

The ACLU was quick to respond via social media and a press release, stating their opposition to the bill and promising …