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Alabama Legislative Updates

Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates works to pass laws that advance access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information including comprehensive sex education. From town halls to the State Capitol, Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates ensures that everyone can access quality, affordable reproductive health care.

2020 Post-Session Recap

Legislative session is officially over in all three of our states! It was a whirlwind session, punctuated by starts and stops due to COVID-19, and shaped by the recent deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police and white supremacists. It wasn’t the legislative session we’d predicted or planned for, but nonetheless, we had some major wins we should all be proud of and we had some serious setbacks that cannot be ignored. One thing is certain: there is much work left to be done. 

At the start of Alabama’s legislative session, there were a number of bills we were excited about, including efforts to prohibit shackling of incarcerated people who are pregnant, revising sex education laws to be more inclusive and accurate, requiring free menstrual products in school bathrooms, expanding Medicaid, extending Medicaid coverage for new and expectant mothers for up to a year postpartum, and repealing last year’s abortion ban. We were also working to stop two bills attacking transgender Alabamians and an inflammatory so-called “born alive” bill intended to push misinformation and stoke fear. Ultimately, all of these bills were halted by the COVID-19 shutdown and Alabama’s truncated session. There is no doubt that many, if not all, of these bills will be revived next year and we will be ready!

Our takeaway? Elections matter. 

Thus far, 2020 has been defined by two things: the COVID-19 pandemic and a national movement for racial justice. Nowhere are these two crises more obviously connected than at the ballot box. With this legislative session behind us, we must turn our focus to November and we must vote like our lives depend on it, because now more than ever, they do. 

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AL SB 220: Senator Figures Proposes Bill to Protect Doctors who Perform Abortions

Feb. 21, 2020

Last session, the Alabama Legislature passed arguably the most restrictive bill in the country that could charge physicians and anyone who performs an abortion with a Class A Felony and up to 99 years in prison.  If passed, Senate Bill 220 will repeal these criminal penalties and protect doctors who provide abortion care to their patients.

Impact: This bill will repeal criminal penalties for the performance of an abortion or an attempted abortion.

Sponsor: Senator Vivian Figures

Take Action: 

  • Join us for Pink Out the Halls , our community lobbying program.
  • Say THANK YOU to Senator Figures for fighting to protect abortion access and abortion providers!

BREAKING: Alabama Lawmaker Introduces So-Called “Born Alive” Bill

Montgomery - Feb. 13, 2020, Representative Ginny Shaver introduced House Bill 248, the so-called “Born Alive” bill. Less than a year after passing an outright abortion ban without exceptions for rape and incest, Alabama lawmakers are once again attempting to stoke fear and push misinformation in an effort to ban abortion. 

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Dozens Gather in Alabama to Say "Stop the Bans"

Feb. 4, 2020

Montgomery, AL - Stop the Abortion Bans Rally Gathers Abortion Supporters Outside the State House on the First Day of Legislative Session

Crossover Work

March 6, 2020

House Bill 35: The Gender is Real Legislative (GIRL) Act would prevent trans athletes from participating in sports that align with their gender identity. We are waiting on floor debate.

Crossover Work

March 6, 2020

House Bill 57: This is the anti-shackling of pregnant prisoners legislation carried by Representative Laura Hall. This bill passed out of committee with a favorable report and is headed to the House floor for debate.

Crossover Work

March 6, 2020

House Bill 71 & SB 168: This is our proactive sex education reform bill carried by Representative Laura Hall. HB 71 was debated on the house floor on Thursday. 

Crossover Work

March 6, 2020

House Bill 237: This menstrual equity bill is carried by Representative Rolanda Hollis. We are waiting on this bill to be placed on the House Ways and Means Education committee agenda.

Crossover Work

March 6, 2020

House Bill 303 & SB 219: These companion bills are the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act. This bill would criminalize physicians for providing gender-affirming care to trans minors, even if their parents and physicians are supportive. SB 219 was debated on the Senate floor on Thursday and passed the floor 22-3.

Crossover Work

March 6, 2020

House Bill 321: This bill is carried by Representative Sorrells. It requires parents to opt in to Sex Education in order for their child to participate in the class. Sex education is not compulsory in Alabama, and we can’t argue with a parent’s right to know what their child is learning, but there are many people who may not take the time to opt-in, causing their child to miss out on valuable learning that could potentially save their life. We are waiting for this bill to be placed on the committee agenda.

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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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