Alabama abortion ban: 5 things you can do to help right now
State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D) filibusters in opposition to HB314, which will ban abortions in all cases except the health of the mother in the Alabama State House on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Montgomery, AL. [Photo: Elijah Nouvelage for The Washington Post via Getty Images]

State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D) filibusters in opposition to HB314, which will ban abortions in all cases except the health of the mother in the Alabama State House on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Montgomery, AL. [Photo: Elijah Nouvelage for The Washington Post via Getty Images]

Alabama abortion ban: 5 things you can do to help right now

Cale Guthrie Weissman

Last night, the Alabama Senate voted to approve a sweeping new law that would ban all abortions. This bill, which is expected to be signed into law shortly, would be the most direct and frightening challenge to Roe v. Wade in recent memory.

The law is clear and disturbing in its simplicity. The New York Times writes:

As the organization Data for Progress points out, this new law doesn’t even follow the will of the Alabaman electorate. Support for abortion bans around the country remains exceptionally low, except, it seems, with old, usually male politicians.

Activists and lawmakers are already responding. Elizabeth Warren tweeted that the ban was “dangerous and exceptionally cruel.” Kamala Harris wrote that it would “criminalize doctors for doing their jobs.”

While people wait to see whether Governor Kay Ivey will veto it (she most likely won’t), there are some local organizations people have begun highlighting.

While this development is certainly a big setback, activists maintain that the fight for women’s rights must go on. What people can do now is donate to the organizations of their choice as well as learn about the systemic failures that led to where we are.