Full steam ahead for the new Plan Parenthood building in Alabama, despite the new abortion law. The organization is continually fighting the new law, deeming it unconstitutional.
The new building will be located off the interstate in downtown Birmingham, the 10,000-square-foot facility is just steel framing at the moment, but workers are installing wiring and heating. According to Planned Parent, the new structure will be complete in November, around the same time the new state law could take effect unless blocked by courts.
“We are a doctor that Birmingham has counted on for decades, and we are committed to continuing to provide that care,” announced Barbara Ann Luttrell, a spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based Planned Parenthood Southeast.
Work began back in January and is proceeding regardless of the Republican-controlled Legislature’s passage of a near-ban on abortion. Gov. Kay Ivey approved the law in May, deeming it the most restrictive anti-abortion measure ever passed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was settled in 1973.
The “Human Life Protection Act” bans all abortions in the state except when “abortion is necessary to prevent a serious health risk” to the woman, according to the bill. The law would criminalize women who got the procedure as a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors. They reclassified Attempted abortions as a Class C felony penalty, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The new legislation will give no exceptions for victims of rape or incest. Many other bills like this one have passed in the recent months by Republican-controlled states.
Two organizations that are heavily involved have filed suits at the end of Mat to challenge the ban; however, no court date has been set. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood are hoping that through public stance and state agencies, the block will be in place.
Alabama has always been in favor of banning abortions, and many of the opponents strive to convince the Alabama Department of Public Health to deny a license for the new clinic.
Planned Parenthood believes courts will block the new law by the opening of the new clinic, despite the new law the new facility will offer birth control, cancer testing, and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases.