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Alabama is what happens when Republicans run riot

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Last month Alabama passed the most restrictive abortion law in recent memory, banning all abortions even in the case of rape or incest. In fact, in Alabama you can now go to jail longer for performing an abortion than you would for committing a rape. Speaking of rape, Alabama is one of only two states where rapists can sue for parental rights. But this is just one of the many Handmaid’s Tale-esque policies that Alabama has embraced. One has to wonder just why the sleepy state which ranks 50th out of 50 states in education is such a hotbed of regressive policies. How did this Republican stronghold end up turning into Dr Frankenstein’s terrifying lab where an ultra-conservative fever dream is cooked up on the daily?

Well, Alabama’s love of regressive laws started before abortion with one of the most restrictive immigration bills, a bill so restrictive it actually failed. Which takes some doing. And of course, the whole thing is somewhat ironic because Alabama is not a border state and its population grew by a meager quarter of a per cent last year.

The abortion ban got a lot of national press, but it’s just one of the many regressive laws that........

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