Colorado Secretary of State takes stand against Alabama for abortion bill

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Published: May. 16, 2019 at 3:51 PM MDT
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Colorado's Secretary of State is taking a stand against Alabama over a controversial abortion bill signed into law this week.

"I’m calling for a boycott of Alabama," Secretary of the State for Colorado Jena Griswold posted to Twitter. "Until Alabama allows for safe & legal access to health care for women, I will not authorize spending of state resources on travel to Alabama. I call on other state and local leaders in CO and across the country to join me in this boycott."

Alabama's governor signed the nation's strictest abortion ban on Wednesday, which makes performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases.

"To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God," Republican Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement.

The legislation passed in Alabama would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by 10 to 99 years or life in prison for the provider. The only exception would be when the woman's health is at serious risk. Women seeking or undergoing abortions wouldn't be punished.