Governor Brian Kemp (R-GA) signed the bill into law despite a threatened boycott by Hollywood, headed by the radical pro-abortion activist, actress Alyssa Milano.
The passage of the so-called "Alabama Human Life Protection Act" on Wednesday prompted outrage from women's rights groups, Democratic lawmakers, and even provoked ultraconservatives including televangelist Pat Robertson and Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren to condemn the law as too extreme. The proposal would ban abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy but would not include exemptions for rape and incest victims.
Under the law, abortion would be illegal-and punishable by up to 99 years in prison-at every stage of pregnancy. Women who receive abortions wouldn't be prosecuted.
"Politicians are putting the health and lives of Missouri women at risk in their race to make our state the one that overturns Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court", M'Evie Mead, director of policy and organizing for Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri, said in a statement.
Earlier this month, Georgia passed similar legislation, banning all abortions after six weeks, following similar laws in MS and Ohio. They intend to argue that a state cannot restrict access to abortion before viability - the point at which a fetus can survive outside the uterus - which is a right that federal courts have repeatedly reaffirmed in decisions since Roe. "Second, they must prohibit states from interfering in the ability of a patient to access medical care, including abortion services, from a provider that offers them".
Rihanna joins the legions of critics who have spoken out regarding the overall harmful effects of the bill, which aims to strike down the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision. Warren also proposed repealing the Hyde Amendment, "which blocks abortion coverage for women under federally funded health care programs like Medicaid, the VA, and the Indian Health Service".
"We must go beyond abortion, to ensure access to contraception, STI prevention and care, comprehensive sex education, care for pregnant moms, safe home and work environments, adequate wages, and so much more", wrote Warren. "Congress should act to ensure that the will of the people remains the law of the land".