LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21: Tomi Lahren speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon )

Alabama's new law banning nearly all abortions is so extreme that even some of the most conservative voices in American media are expressing discontent over its provisions.

The Alabama Human Life Protection Act, signed into law on Wednesday by Republican Governor Kay Ivey, outlaws all abortions even in cases of rape or incest. The only exception is when the mother's life is in danger. The law also punishes doctors who perform abortions with up to 99 years in prison.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) arrives to a House Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee hearing on confronting white supremacy at the U.S. Capitol on May 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. During the hearing, subcommittee members and witnesses discussed the impact on the communities most victimized and targeted by white supremacists. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined the growing nationwide wave of outrage over Alabama's total ban on abortions, unless the life of the mother is in danger. There are no exceptions for rape or incest.

The Alabama Human Life Protection Act, signed into law on Wednesday by Republican Governor Kay Ivey, also punishes doctors who perform abortions with up to 99 years in prison.

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Right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson broke with conservative ranks shortly before Alabama's Republican Governor Kay Ivey signed the nation's most extreme abortion restrictions into law.

"Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act," Ivey tweeted after the signing. "To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God."

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Republicans in the Alabama State Senate on Tuesday passed a bill effectively outlawing abortion in The Yellowhammer State, teeing up a potential Supreme Court showdown over the future of a woman's right to choose.

The draconian legislation - the most restrictive in the country and passed exclusively by men - prohibits terminating a pregnancy at any stage after conception except if the life of the mother is in danger. There are no exceptions for rape or incest. The proposed law also criminalizes the procedure itself. Doctors who perform abortions could face up to 99 years in prison.

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The landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, guaranteeing a woman's right to choose whether or not to give birth, has remained the law of the land for decades, but crusades against the right to a safe and legal abortion continue to threaten it.

Republican state legislators in Texas continued that tradition in an emotional two-day hearing this week on a bill introduced by Republican State Representative Tony Tinderholt.

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On August 21, after much speculation concerning her stance on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins posted her official statement on Facebook.

Prior to this statement, Collins stated her endorsement of Kavanaugh hinged on his view of "settled law" in regards to women's reproductive rights and the SCOTUS case of Roe v. Wade. Collins long claimed to support women's reproductive rights.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 09: U.S. President Donald Trump introduces U.S. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Judge Kavanaugh would succeed Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who is retiring after 30 years of service on the high court. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Donald Trump has named Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. His record, which includes a dissenting opinion on a 2017 case involving a teen migrant who was seeking an abortion, leads experts to believe it’s only a matter of time before Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion, is overturned or new laws put in place that change the scope of its protections. This not only would affect women and girls who are faced with an unwanted pregnancy, it would have widespread impacts on U.S. economics, health care, society and culture. Everything from crime rates to dating norms would be affected. Here’s how.

First, A Little History

Roe v. Wade was a 1973 ruling decided by the Supreme Court. That means all 50 states are governed by this decision, which states that women and girls have the right to a safe, legal abortion without undue restrictive interference from the government. It is considered part of an individual’s right to privacy, which falls under the 14th Amendment. However, in many states, government does interfere, through a variety of individual rulings and restrictions, most imposed within the past 10 years, making abortion effectively illegal for many of their residents. Such rulings have led to the closure of clinics that provide safe and legal abortion; restrictions on health care providers; restrictions on access to information about the procedure; and restrictions on who is eligible to receive abortion services, and when, and after what series of interventions or delays. In 2017 alone, 19 states passed 63 abortion restrictions. Since 2012, 400 laws have been passed to restrict access. Six states have only one abortion provider, which means patients have to travel hundreds of miles; in states like South Dakota, that doctor has to fly in from another state. Therefore, abortion remains only legal in theory in places where it is in practice impossible for many women to access it.

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