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Federal Judge Condemns Alabama AG’s Abortion Prosecution Warning

“The right to interstate travel is one of our most fundamental constitutional rights,” the judge said in his ruling.

Photo: Attorney General of Alabama Steve Marshall speaks to members of the press at the U.S. Supreme Court on October 4, 2022, in Washington, D.C.ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES

 

A federal judge declined Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s (R) request to dismiss two lawsuits, filed by an abortion fund and health care providers, challenging his threat to prosecute organizations that “aid and abet abortions.”

“The right to interstate travel is one of our most fundamental constitutional rights,” U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson wrote in a preliminary ruling on Monday. “Alabama can no more restrict people from going to, say, California to engage in what is lawful there than California can restrict people from coming to Alabama to do what is lawful here.”

While Alabama currently has a total abortion ban on the books, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says that the “[t]he threatened prosecutions would blatantly violate numerous fundamental constitutional rights, such as the rights to free speech, due process, and to travel freely across state lines.”

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