Hoosiers react to Alabama abortion law

This August 2018 file photo shows the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. (TheStatehouseFile.com Photo/Eddie Drews)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — An abortion law passed in Alabama is drawing sharp criticism and praise from around the country including here in Indiana.

The Alabama legislature passed a bill poised to become the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, that would effectively ban abortion at all stages of pregnancy.

"Obviously this law is unconstitutional, everyone knows it's unconstitutional," said Ken Falk, legal director of American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.

Falk said states across the country are trying to pass abortion bills in order to have them heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Indiana also passed an abortion bill this legislative session that is set to become law July 1.

House Bill 1211 would make performing Dilation and Evacuation abortions, which critics refer to as "dismemberment abortions," on a living fetus during or after the second trimester a level 5 felony punishable by up to six years in prison.

"All of this is an effort to overturn Roe vs. Wade and in Indiana, we've been working on that for several years," said Marc Tuttle of Right to Life Indianapolis. "With Kavanaugh on the bench, I think the Supreme Court makeup has changed a little bit, so I think there is probably a better chance that they will take and hear a ruling that is favorable for the pro-life movement.”

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