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Hillary to Alabama: ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’

Former U.S. Sen. and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton chimed in on litigation moving through federal courts involving an abortion fund, the Americans for Civil Liberties Union, and Alabama law. 

Clinton made the comment on Twitter in response to a lawsuit filed by a pro-abortion rights group, questioning the legality of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s position that the state can investigate and prosecute those assisting in traveling out-of-state for abortions. 

Marshall recently filed a motion to dismiss that lawsuit, saying, “Though abortion may be legal elsewhere, it is plainly illegal pursuant to [Alabama law] for Plaintiffs to conspire with others to procure abortions that would be illegal in Alabama.”

Clinton called that move “horrific.” 

The broader litigation involving Marshall and advocacy groups follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, which decentralized abortion regulations, permitting states like Alabama to enact their own. 

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Alabama responded with the Human Life Protection Act — designating the act of performing or attempting to perform abortions a felony except when the life of the mother is in danger.

However, the lawsuit claims Marshall violated free speech rights by suggesting people could face conspiracy charges for aiding women in obtaining abortions in other states. 

In Marshall’s motion to dismiss, he stated, “the legality of abortion in other States is irrelevant to whether Alabama can prosecute a conspiracy formed in Alabama.”

“As a matter of law, Alabama’s abortion ban reaches only as far as its borders,” Marshall wrote.

On Wednesday afternoon, Attorney General Marshall fired back at Clinton, asking, “Horrific?”

Grayson Everett is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270 

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