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Abortion advocates promise to fight back after controversial bill signed into law


Inskeep. Supporters of abortion rights say they're fighting back. They are responding with protests to new laws in state after state restricting abortion. The laws deliberately contradict the terms of Roe versus Wade, and they were approved by lawmakers who say they hope the supreme court will reconsider that nineteen Seventy-three decision, NPR national correspondent Sara mccamman is in our studios. Good morning. Good morning I should note. Alabama's governor even as she signed this law said, probably unenforceable law that bans nearly all abortions in Alabama, how seriously do abortion rights groups, take these laws. They take very seriously. They're feeling very threatened by the fact that legislatures are passing these very restrictive antiabortion laws. Remember Alabama's bands of worship at all stages of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape incest, several states, including Missouri last week have passed laws banning abortion, as soon. As cardiac activity can be detected, which is often before a woman knows she's pregnant. And so we're gonna say that Roe v. Wade is under the greatest threat in generation now that President Trump has put two justices on the supreme court, Steve, I talked with Elise Hogue of Nero pro choice, America. She says her group is hearing from activists around the country, even more so than last year during the confirmation hearings for Justice Brett Kavanagh. We are seeing that same level of energy, possibly more. Because some people didn't believe even with Justice on the bench that row was was threatened. But these laws so that it absolutely is that there is a goal coming out of these states with a national anti-choice momentum criminalize version of women, and I should mention that these laws tend to punish doctors who perform abortion rather than women who seek them the one in Alabama includes a penalty for doctors who perform abortions of up to ninety nine years in prison food clarification. But why are we seeing? So many of these laws at once. Well, a big reason is because of the new energy and optimism that abortion rights, opponents are feeling in light of President Trump's nominees who've been confirmed at the supreme court and moved it to the right. They're working hard to pass these restrictive laws. And again, hoping to see a challenge to Roe v. Wade, and we've also seen a few states like New York pass restriction protections on the other side protections for abortion rights, including removing restrictions on abortion later in pregnancy of worship opponents say that's energize them and in push them state. Lawmakers in the midwest and south to to try to push further for these restriction role of sick about how this would end up in the supreme court. You pass a law in Alabama or wherever number of states, someone then challenges it in court, and that would be someone who supports abortion rights. I guess are, are group's lining up to challenge these, these laws in court. They certainly are. In fact, there is a hearing today in Mississippi on one of these bands, that, that bands of worship after heartbeats detected and I should note Steve that none of these early. Taken effect yet. Some have already been blocked in court. Is it likely that some of these challenges will make the supreme court, not anytime soon? It takes a long time for laws to work their way through the appeals system and some of these may be never, because, again, they may just be thrown out by lower courts as obviously in conflict with Roe v. Wade. But what we should really be watching out for is some of the other laws that are already working their way through the system or are somewhat less restrictive laws. For example, that, that ban abortions for specific reasons because of genetic disorder and others. Some of those are very close to the supreme court and could be taken up soon, and move around the edges of ocean rights, rather than going directly at the fundamental question. Sarah, thanks so

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