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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.

2022 Legislative Briefing

It's an important year for Planned Parenthood Alabama as we engage with a legislative session in Montgomery and await a Supreme Court decision in June that could fundamentally redefine the policy landscape as we know it. The legislative session kicked off on January 11th, and we were present at the Statehouse to remind lawmakers of our presence and statewide network of volunteers and supporters. As bills begin to move and the session begins to take shape, we'll need your help to amplify our positions and remind the politicians who they work for. 

The two main bills we are watching at the moment is HB 23, sponsored by Rep. Jamie Kiel (R - Russellville). This bill has been titled "The Alabama Heartbeat Bill," and is something of a mirror to the notorious Texas law that is currently facing legal challenges. That bill, like the proposed HB 23, authorized the use of civilian lawsuits to enforce anti-abortion provisions. These vigilante provisions were designed as a way to insulate the law from challenges, but have been viewed with great skepticism across the legal community, including in conservative circles. 

One sign for optimism could be in the comments from a Birmingham attorney named Eric Johnston, who is president of the Alabama Pro-Life Coalition. He was quoted earlier this month as saying that bounty provisions in laws like HB 23 “violates the basic tenets of legal procedures in this country.”

Another bad bill we're watching is SB 5, sponsored by Sen. Shay Shelnutt (R - Trussville). That bill criminalizes medical procedures and provision of medication to minors "that is intended to alter the appearance of the minor child's gender or delay puberty." The bill was a lightning rod for controversy last year, but was prevented from becoming law thanks to a large and outspoken coalition of activists and advocates that included a great number of pediatricians and medical professionals seeking to keep the government out of the doctor-patient relationship. 

All in all, there are a number of issues that will be competing for lawmakers' attention this session, including the expenditure of COVID relief funds and the likely reemergence of that annual shibboleth -- the debate about gambling and a lottery. So it's possible that the legislature will go home without any further erosion of our liberties, but we'll remain vigilant just in case. Stay tuned! 

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