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How Alabama’s Main Abortion Fund Will Use All Those New Donations

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16.05.2019

On Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the nation’s strictest abortion ban. The bill includes no exceptions for rape or incest and up to 99 years in prison for doctors who perform abortions. Abortions are only permitted for cases in which the woman’s health is at risk or in which the fetus has a fatal condition.

The law won’t go into effect for six months, and even then, it’s destined to become tangled up in appeals as the ACLU of Alabama brings a lawsuit. The bill, designed as a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, could eventually end up before the Supreme Court.

As opponents of the bill—in the state and throughout the country—saw their protests go unheard, many looked to support the Yellowhammer Fund, the state’s main abortion fund, as a means of continuing their fight. The fund was launched at the beginning of 2018 and works to defray the cost of abortions, which can run into the thousands of dollars, for the many low-income women who visit one of Alabama’s three Planned Parenthood clinics currently providing abortions. The funds raised by the group are primarily used to pay for the cost of the procedure itself, but it sometimes helps with housing and transportation for those who have to travel to a clinic. While Alabamians benefit the most, women from neighboring states also sometimes find it easier........

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