Fallout after Alabama abortion bill signed into law

Amid nationwide protest, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill that makes it a felony for doctors in the state to perform abortions in all cases, at any stage, of pregnancy.
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That breaking news overnight in the battle over abortion. Missouri the latest state to advance a ban after eight weeks. Alabama's governor signed a near total ban overnight. ABC's Steve osunsami is in Montgomery with the latest. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, George. There are three remaining abortion providers here in Alabama and one of them tells us that they had their lawsuits ready to file the minute the governor here signed this law. The battle here and in other states debating this is far from over. Early this morning, just after 4:00 A.M. Sleepless lawmakers in Missouri became the latest to take their swing at abortion. The time of choice is the time of conception, not after conception. Reporter: Senators here agreed to ban most abortions after eight weeks even if caused by rape or incest and conservatives control the house which is expected to agree and the governor is promising to sign it into law. As other states like New York and Virginia venture further away from the American ideal to protect and uphold right to life, I am honored to lead a state standing here today with many of my colleagues and with so many others who are committed to standing up for those without a voice. Reporter: The debate over abortion took a sharp turn with this signature. Alabama governor Kay Ivey seen here signing a bill that outlaws abortion statewide. All human life is precious. Reporter: If it holds up in court the law enforcement would make it a felony for doctors in the state to perform abortions in all case including rape or incest at any stage of pregnancy. The only exception if there's a serious health risk to the the new law, the strictest in the country could go into effect in six months. It doesn't punish women. It targets their doctors who could face 99 years in prison for performing an abortion. I apologize to the women of Alabama for this archaic law we passed. Reporter: One of the sponsors is this state lawmaker who says their intent is to get the issue before the U.S. Supreme court and overturn roe V. Wade, the law that legalized abortion in this country. No law is constitutional until the supreme court actually revisits roe versus wade. Reporter: The current political balance of the court has anti-abortion forces liking their chances. The response came instantly. The hashtag you know me launched by busy Philipps is trending asking women to share their experiences with abortion. The decision is between me, my doctor, my family, my friends but it's my decision. It's not yours. Reporter: It is no accident that many of these states are taking this action now. Some say that after the president appointed his last supreme court justice, it was a sign for anti-abortion activists to make this move. What a showdown coming. The white house now where president trump is set to unveil

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