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2021 Alabama Post-Session Brief

Despite COVID-19 being a barrier to us physically advocating and lobbying at the state house, it did not present barriers for FOUR

anti-abortion bills (born alive, medication abortion ban, medical abortion reversal, and abortion funding) introduced this session.

But, as always, with the help of our supporters we mobilized to continue our push for bodily autonomy. And those efforts paid off because we successfully blocked three anti-abortion bills (medication abortion ban, medication abortion reversal bill, and the abortion funding ban)! Talk about winning!

In addition to blocking these anti-abortion bills, two proactive bills successfully moved through the legislation thanks to two of our champions. Rep. Hall’s Sex Ed bill (HB 385) was signed into law by Governor Ivey.

This bill will allow revisions to the content, course materials, and instructions of our currently very antiquated sex ed laws. It removes medically inaccurate information around STI’s and HIV and strips the state sex ed policy of homophobic language.

We also saw some movement with Representative Hollis’s Menstrual Equity bill (HB 88), which passed completely through the House and made it to the Senate. Although we ran out of time to get it passed in the Senate, we are confident we can get this bill picked back up next session with even more momentum behind it.

While we had a lot of wins this session, we also had some losses. More than a dozen states have introduced and/or passed egregious restrictions on transgender athletes or gender-affirming health care for transgender minors and unfortunately, Alabama was a part of this group.

HB 391, Alabama’s bill that mandates athletes’ participate in sports consistent with their sex assigned at birth, was signed into law on April 20th.

This completely asinine law states that public K-12 schools may not participate in, sponsor, or provide coaching staff for interscholastic athletic events in which athletes are allowed to participate in competition against athletes who are of a different biological gender, unless the event specifically includes both biological genders.

Companion bills HB1 and SB10, the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Actwould prohibit gender affirming therapy for minors and prohibit the withholding of certain related information from parents, requiring counselors to out trans youth to their parents.

While they were not voted on this session, we anticipate the reemergence of these bills next year. And as always, we will be ready!

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We #WontBePunished

In states across the country, ultraconservative lawmakers are cutting women off from care — and punishing them when they dare to fight back.

We won’t let it happen.

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We count on members, activists, interns and supporters like you to help us organize outreach programs, host events, stop dangerous legislation from passing and advocate for the diverse communities that rely on Planned Parenthood. 

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