Alabama’s governor Kay Ivey has signed the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation.
The law would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years, or life in prison.
There would be no punishment for the woman receiving the abortion.
The Alabama senate passed the measure Tuesday
in a 25 to 6 vote, after the House approved it in April.
The proposed abortion law is the most restrictive in the nation. Under it, doctors could face felony charges, with up to 99 years in prison.
The measure does not make an exception for rape or incest but does make provisions for when the mother’s life is in serious jeopardy.
Now that the governor has signed the bill, the ACLU says they are ready to file a lawsuit in federal court.
ACLU-Alabama executive director Randall Marshall says he’s already won a fight against the state on abortion restrictions in 2016.
Alabama joins other states in pursuing tough new laws.
Six have passed bills that ban abortions after six weeks.
Eleven more have introduced similar bans.
Supporters passed the Alabama bill, hoping it could get to the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.