Alabama's abortion ban stricter than Middle East countries

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27 May 2019

Alabama's abortion ban is stricter than even Saudi Arabia

United States is often perceived as an extremely progressive country; a first-world nation. However, a pregnant person in the US state of Alabama would have less bodily autonomy than most countries in the world, after the state's proposed abortion restrictions.

In fact, people in Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, usually deemed regressive and patriarchal, have more lenient laws on termination of pregnancy.

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Here's what abortion laws in Saudi Arabia dictate

Here's what abortion laws in Saudi Arabia dictate

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that these new abortion restrictions being pushed in US states is stricter than around half of the Muslim-majority Middle Eastern countries.

Haaretz's findings, excerpted in Quartz, state Saudi Arabia permits abortions to save a pregnant person's life and to protect their physical and mental health. The mental health exemption might allow termination of pregnancies arising from rape and incest.

United States

On the contrary, here's what Alabama and Georgia bills dictate

Under the Alabama bill, aborting *any* pregnancy is illegal, unless there's threat to life. Doctors performing abortions could face imprisonment upto 99 years.

The Georgia bill bans abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy. Apart from the penalties on doctors, it remains vague on prosecution of women. Basically, if someone has a miscarriage, they could be investigated.

Abortion is not illegal in these states yet.

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Mississippi and Ohio also have 'heartbeat bills' restricting abortions

Other states including Mississippi and Ohio have passed "heartbeat bills," wherein if a fetus develops a heartbeat (usually around 6 weeks), it cannot be aborted. This law also hasn't taken effect yet. Some other states have imposed abortion restrictions post 16 weeks of pregnancy.

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Wondering what's wrong with those bills?

Wondering what's wrong with those bills?

These abortion restrictions also remove exceptions for cases of rape and incest.

Apart from that, at six weeks, hardly anyone discovers that they are pregnant, as it's too early to notice bodily changes.

It eliminates people's autonomy to terminate pregnancies for whatever reasons- unwanted pregnancies, unfit for parenting, physical/mental health reasons, not wanting to bear a child for nine months, among others.

Middle East

Some other Middle Eastern countries also have more relaxed laws

Apart from Saudi Arabia, other Muslim-majority Middle Eastern countries- including Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, and UAE- allow abortion in case of rape, incest, fetal impairment, or to protect a pregnant person's mental/physical health.

In Turkey, abortions are legal and free during the first trimester. Subsequently, abortion is allowed to save a pregnant person's life, protect physical/mental health or in case of fetal abnormalities.

Alabama bill similar to laws in Iran, Syria, Palestine, Iraq

Currently, restrictions similar to those proposed in several US states exist in Muslim-majority Middle Eastern countries including Iran, Syria, the Palestinian territories, and Iraq. These countries have a complete ban on abortions unless a pregnant person's life is in danger.

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Is it illegal to have an abortion in Alabama?

Can women be prosecuted under Alabama abortion bill?

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Is it illegal to have an abortion in Alabama?

Asked 2019-05-27 18:23:40 by Saanvi Mehra

Answered by NewsBytes

As the new Alabama abortion bill, which counts nearly all abortions as a felony, has is not in effect yet, no, it is not entirely illegal to get an abortion in the US state.

Can women be prosecuted under Alabama abortion bill?

Asked 2019-05-27 18:23:40 by Angel Jaiteley

Answered by NewsBytes

No, women cannot be prosecuted under Alabama abortion bill. The bill only targets doctors who perform abortions, and once convicted, they could serve life imprisonment upto 99 years.

Can women be prosecuted under Georgia abortion bill?

Asked 2019-05-27 18:23:40 by Divya Tambe

Answered by NewsBytes

Under the Georgia abortion bill abortion is illegal after six weeks of pregnancy, barring if there's a threat to the pregnant person's life. The bill remains vague on the prosecution of women, so it could be misinterpreted into convicting them.

What does the Alabama abortion law dictate?

Asked 2019-05-27 18:23:40 by Vihaan Rangarajan

Answered by NewsBytes

Under the Alabama bill, aborting any pregnancies is illegal (even those arising from rape and incest), unless there's threat to life. Doctors performing abortions could face imprisonment upto 99 years.

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