"This law is bafflingly unconstitutional," said Elisabeth Smith, chief counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, to CBS News. "Bans like this have always been blocked by courts. We will be suing Georgia to make sure this law has the same fate." Elizabeth Nash, a senior state issues manager at Guttmacher, also told CBS News, "The surge in attempts to ban abortion in the earliest stages of pregnancy underscores that the end goal of anti-abortion politicians and activists is to ban all abortion—at any point during pregnancy and for any reason."
Since news of HB 481 broke, the images of 25 US politicians who spearheaded the abortion ban has gone viral. The Guardian writes, "These are the 25 men who voted to pass the most restrictive abortion law in the United States, outlawing the procedure at all stages of pregnancy.
"The near-blanket ban contains an exemption for when a woman's health is at serious risk, but not for rape or incest. Doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison. It’s the sixteenth state this year to place restrictions on abortion rights. Just four women sit in the Alabama senate, all of whom are part of the Democratic party minority and voted against the bill."