Gov. Bentley Signs Two Abortion Bills into Law

AP_11011901889 (1)Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed legislation into law that could shutter two of the state’s largest abortion providers.

Bentley’s office on Thursday confirmed the governor signed a bill to deny licenses to clinics within 2,000 feet of public elementary and middle schools. He also approved a ban on a commonly used second trimester abortion procedure.

The law will shutter a Huntsville facility that was forced to move to its current location in 2013 to comply with new facility restrictions on abortion providers. A Tuscaloosa facility could also be affected.

Proponents of the bill say the legislation is meant to shield children from anti-abortion protests. Opponents say it’s simply a “new tool” to ban abortion outright.

Bentley said Wednesday he will always be a “pro-life individual.”

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