Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the nation’s strictest abortion ban into law Wednesday.
The measure outlaws abortions unless the mother’s life is threatened by her pregnancy and will make performing abortions a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
Ivey, a Republican, acknowledged that the ban is likely to be reviewed by the the courts. The ACLU has already pledged to challenge this law.
“No matter one’s personal view on abortion, we can all recognize that, at least for the short term, this bill may similarly be unenforceable,” Ivey said. “As citizens of this great country, we must always respect the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court even when we disagree with their decisions.”
Barbara Ann Luttrell, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, told CNN: “We will see Gov. Ivey in court. We have not lost a case in Alabama and look forward to the same outcome.”
The measure, called the Human Life Protection Act, does not include exceptions for cases of rape or incest. It does include exemptions for cases in which pregnancy threatens the woman’s health, and it wouldn’t punish women for having abortions.