Alabama newspapers dedicate Sunday editions to essays by women on abortion ban

Alabama newspapers dedicate Sunday editions to essays by women on abortion ban

Alabama's biggest newspapers dedicated their Sunday editions this week to essays by women about the state's recent abortion ban.

Over 200 essays from women were published in the papers owned by Alabama Media Group: The Birmingham News, Huntsville Times and Mobile Press-Register.

The set of essays was also featured at the top of the Alabama Media Group’s website, with the headline “Alabama women speak out.”

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed legislation last week criminalizing nearly all abortions, with no exceptions for rape and incest.

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The ban will be challenged in court, potentially setting up a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision which established a right to abortion.

All 25 votes in favor of the bill in Alabama's state Senate came from white men, sparking criticism.

“Alabama was the talk of the nation last week as the most restrictive abortion ban in the country became law. But, missing from many of those conversations were the voices of women from this state,” Kelly Scott, vice president of content for the Alabama Media Group, wrote in an editorial introducing the essays.

“They are women who live here, and some who have left. Those who have prayed for this very law, and those who now live in fear. Mothers, trying to understand the message this law sends to their daughters and sons. And women who are angry that a majority of men in the state legislature spoke for them.”