Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signs the country’s most extreme abortion ban bill

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Pro-choice supporters protest in front of the Alabama State House as Alabama state Senate votes on the strictest anti-abortion bill in the United States at the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry - RC1C1B98D9F0

The bill makes abortions a felony, even in cases of rape and incest. The only exception is if the mother’s life is at serious risk or what the bill calls a fetal anomaly. Those who perform the procedure will face up to 99 years in prison.

According to the New York Times, abortion services will still be available in Alabama for the time being. At the earliest, the measure would take effect in six months. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are planning to challenge the measure in court. What’s next?

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