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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.

Bills to Watch for During Alabama's 2020 Legislative Session

Bill # Description Impact Link
HB321 Public K-12 schools, parents to opt into sex education on behalf of students prior to thier enrollment in related courses, Sec. 16-40A-2 am'd Requires specific content and instructional materials to be presented in any program or curriculum that includes sex education or the human reproductive process in a public K-12 school to be disclosed to the parents or guardians of all unemancipated students who are of an eligable age or grade level to participate in the program, and would require prior written permission of the parents or guardians of a student before participation View Details
HB71 Education, public K-12 schools, sex education, revising the focus of content, course materials and instructions provided, Sec. 16-40A-2 am'd.
 
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HB57 Prisoners, adopting federal procedures for use of restraints on pregnant women   View Details
HB248 Abortion, physicians, duty of care owed to babies born alive after failed abortion, criminal penalties, definitions further provided   View Details
HB20/HB35 Schools, public K-12, prohibits participation in interscholastic athletic events allowing athletes to compete against athletes of a different biological gender unless the event specifically includes both genders, prohibits use of state, municipal, or county property for such events   View Details
HB237 Schools, K-12, local boards of education required to provide feminine hygiene products in women's restrooms of certain schools, no cost to students    
HB303 Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, prohibits gender change therapy for minors, prohibits withholding of certain related information from parents    
HB448 Medicaid, extend postpartum coverage for eligible pregnant women to one year after birth   View Details
HB447 Medicaid, expand program to provide assistane to state residents, provide appropriations for adequate funding   View Details
SB69 Sexual assault, provide for victim notification, provide for certain rights to victims, Sexual Assault Task Force, created, Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights   View Details
SB220 Abortion, legislative findings, criminal penalties for the performance of, Act 2019-189, 2019 Reg. Sess., repealed    
SB219 Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, prohibits gender change therapy for minors, prohibits withholding of certain related information from parents    
SB168 Education, public K-12 schools, sex education, revising the focus of content, course materials and instructions provided, Sec. 16-40A-2 am'd.    
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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

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  • Join us for Pink Out the Halls , our community lobbying program.
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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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