In response to the Alabama State Legislature passing the most restrictive abortion law in the United States that essentially outlaws all abortions, Los Angeles LGBT Center Director of Policy and Community Building, Terra Russell-Slavin, issued the following statement:
“The Los Angeles LGBT Center condemns Alabama lawmakers for passing a medically dangerous and morally draconian law that threatens the well-being of pregnant women and the doctors who care for them. Access to reproductive healthcare is a critical LGBT issue, and all of us should be outraged by the precedent this law, if signed by Alabama’s governor, will set.
“The legislation, which allows no exception for rape and incest, is not only an attempt to imprison medical professionals who provide abortion services but is also a brazen attempt to silence and punish women who dare to make their own decisions about their pregnancies. The end game, of course, is to force the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court and overturn Roe v. Wade, irrevocably turning back the clock on women’s reproductive freedom. This politically motivated legislation that endangers the lives of millions of women cannot stand, and we call on Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to veto it.”
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