Governor Ivey Releases Statement on 11th Circuit Abortion Case Ruling

By  | August 22, 2018 | Filed under: News

Elbert P. Tuttle Courthouse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey released the following statement regarding today’s ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed a lower court decision striking down the Alabama Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act:


“I was supportive of the bill when it passed through the Legislature in 2016, and I signed it as president of the Senate. I am disappointed in the court’s ruling today; however, we should not let this discourage our steadfast commitment to protect the lives of the unborn, even if that means taking this case to the U.S. Supreme Court. This ruling clearly demonstrates why we need conservative justices on the Supreme Court, and I look forward to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.”

The Ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal:

The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta affirmed a lower court’s decision that the 2016 ban on the procedure known as dilation and evacuation was an unconstitutional restriction on abortion access.

Randall Marshall, executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, said the ruling means Alabama politicians can’t put an “ideological agenda” over a woman’s heath and decision-making.

In the 11th Circuit decision, Chief Judge Ed Carnes wrote that “dismemberment” is an accurate description for the procedure, but ruled against the state.

“In our judicial system, there is only one Supreme Court, and we are not it,” he wrote.

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