The suit brought on behalf of Alabama's abortion suppliers claims that the law violates the US Supreme Court's decision in 1973 Roe v. Wade and is seeking a ban on the Alabama law.
"Enforcement of the ban will … cause immediate and irreparable damage to planters' patients by violating their constitutional rights, threatening their health and well-being, and forcing them to continue their pregnancies to speak out against their will," the complaint says. .
The complaint states that the Alabama ban will "disproportionately" affect black women and low-income patients.
Dr. Yashica Robinson, the owner of the Alabama Women's Center, a plantiff in the trial, said the law "further shame patients, penalize providers like myself and stigmatize important health care."
"Alabama has a long list of related laws designed to close clinics and push abortion care out of reach, and just as we have before, we will fight for our patients and do everything we can to be open and continue to serve our community, "Robinson said in a statement.
Friday's trial comes as no surprise to the bill's authors and sponsors in the state legislature who have stated that the goal of their legislation is to challenge Roe v. Wade.
"We did not just expect a challenge for the Alabama Life Law Law from ultra-liberal groups such as planned maternity and ACLU, we actually invited it," said Republican Alabama Rep. Terri Collins, who sponsored the bill, in a statement. "Our intention from the day this bill was drafted was to use it as a means to challenge the constitutional abomination known as Roe v. Wade."
Randall Marshall, the chief executive of the ACLU of Alabama, said "abortion remains ̵
"With this trial, we are seeking a court order to ensure that this law never enters in force, "Marshall said in a statement. "We hope our state-elected leaders take note and stop using taxpayers' dollars on a legal gamble that they know is unconstitutional and unmanageable."
Several states, including Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia, have passed "heartbeat bills" that prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.