Look anywhere in the news, and you are bound to come across some story that involves legal action. This month there are plenty of such stories. There is OJ Simpson’s lawyer who just stepped away from defending the man accused of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle. Or maybe you are interested in reading up on Conan O’Brien who recently settled outside of court on the suit involving him stealing jokes. There is also the news that the Pope now requires priests and nuns to report any issues of abuse that they may know about.
State Side Law News
One news story that is getting a lot of attention is the bill that is trying to be passed in the state of Alabama which would make abortions illegal, and it passed the house earlier this month and is being hotly debated by the State Senate. The bill would make it illegal for doctors to perform abortions on any women, but if a woman did receive an abortion, there would be no legal case against her. The bill included an amendment that made exceptions for cases of abortion in the situation or rape or incest. When this part was removed without a roll call vote, the floor broke out in shouts and general chaos which lead to a postponement of the vote. Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton said, “I want the people of the state of Alabama to know how we vote,” Singleton said, according to The Washington Post. “I think the people have a right.” He wants voters to know how people vote so that they can keep this in mind during the election season.
Many states are making new laws concerning how they approach abortion with Mississippi, Ohio, and Georgia all making it illegal to perform an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected which is usually within the first eight weeks. Whereas New York state has moved in the opposite direction has said that abortions after the 24-week mark can be performed if the fetus is not viable or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.
Alabama is at a current standstill with the Senators asking for a good and proper amount of time to thoroughly discuss all the implications of what this bill would mean. The ACLU has already made this statement if the bill should pass, “Passing bills that they know will be struck down in federal court are a waste of millions of taxpayer dollars that could be going to address the urgent needs in our communities, like schools, healthcare, infrastructure, prisons and so much more. … If the full Senate and Governor insist on passing this bill, they will see us in court.”
We will have to wait and see what is in store for the state of Alabama.