Huntsville abortion clinic remains open after signing of Alabama abortion ban
Less than 24 hours after the controversial abortion bill came into effect, protesters on both sides of the issue clashed outside the Alabama Women’s Center in Huntsville on Thursday.
It is one of only three abortion clinics in Alabama. On Thursday, people still came and went from the establishment.
The law does not come into force for six months, and the owner of the Alabama Women’s Center wants to set the record straight.
“Any kind of new legislation is the first thing they want to know.” Can I still receive services? Is it still legal? “And so I mean, the phone rang off the hook,” said Dalton Johnson, the owner of the Alabama Women’s Center.
Johnson said at the moment the clinic was still operating as usual.
“We’re still open even though Governor, you know, Kay Ivey, signed the bill yesterday. The bill won’t even take effect for six months,” Johnson said.
It may take more than 6 months for the bill to become law, as groups like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood seek legal action.
“Of course, it would be better if it was effective immediately,” said pro-life supporter Elizabeth Nemati.
At present, the bill has yet to make its way through the courts.
“We are here. We are here to take care of the women of Alabama and the neighboring states,” Johnson said.