House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not happy with the passage of a controversial abortion bill in Alabama. In a brief remark to Capitol reporters on Wednesday, Pelosi called it very sad and heartbreaking.
The Alabama state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill banning nearly all abortions with the only exception being pregnancies which put the mother's life in danger. Alabama Republican Governor Kay Ivey is expected to sign the bill and legal challenges are already being planned.
The backers of the Alabama bill have said they expect the bill to be challenged in court. In fact, they want to use the new law to force the U.S. Supreme Court to make a decision on Roe v. Wade. That was the landmark high court ruling in 1973 which established a woman's right to an abortion. The majority opinion cited the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as providing a fundamental "right to privacy" that protects a pregnant woman's liberty.
Opponents are concerned that President Trump's recent appointments of U.S. Supreme Court justices who are seen as conservative in their approach to the law increases the chance that Roe v. Wade will be overturned.