Alabama doctor vows to risk 99 years in prison to keep providing abortions when ban goes into effect – The Sun

AN Alabama doctor has vowed to keep providing abortions when the state’s near-total ban against the procedure goes into effect.

Lawmakers in the state have passed legislation that outlaws abortion even in cases of rape and incest and any doctor breaking the law faces up to 99 years in jail.

The only exception would be when the woman’s health is at serious risk.

But Dr. Yashica Robinson, medical director of the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternative said she “will not change my daily routine” when the legislation starts being enforced in six months.

“Just as I have for the last 15 years of my medical career, I will continue to deliver babies, give prenatal care — and provide abortions,” Robinson wrote in a CNN article.

Robinson said she’s enraged the bill which was signed into law Wednesday forces her and other doctors to “choose between what is ethically and medically appropriate care and breaking the law.”

“I am appalled that I could get a more severe penalty (up to 99 years in prison) for providing safe abortion care than someone who commits second-degree rape” Robinson said.

“And I hate that I am being placed in the position of reassuring my patients that abortion is still legal today — and for the foreseeable future — despite the actions of politicians in Birmingham.”

“I am appalled that I could get a more severe penalty for providing safe abortion care than someone who commits second-degree rape

The ban will lead to doctors choosing to practice in other states, leaving women in Alabama with inadequate care, says Robinson.

“I am frightened for Alabamians because, should this law ever go into effect, doctors like me will leave Alabama rather than stay and practice substandard medicine,” she said.

Missouri has also voted to ban nearly all abortions including for pregnancies that are the result of rape and incest.

The state’s Republican-led Senate has now passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy with doctors facing up to 15 years in prison for carrying them out.

The proposed Missouri law needs one more vote in the Senate before it can go to the state’s Republican Governor Mike Parson for final approval and has said he supports it.

Across America, other states are also pushing similar measures, buoyed by Donald Trump’s appointment of more conservative Supreme Court judges seen as more hostile to abortion.

Anti-abortion campaigners hope this will ultimate lead to the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalising abortion being overturned.

Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy.

Louisiana is following suit with its own "heartbeat" abortion ban, which was approved unopposed by the state’s House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday.

  • A version of this story appeared in the New York Post.
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