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Alabama abortion law draws mixed reactions in WNC

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Margeaux Hartline, dressed as a handmaid, protests against a ban on nearly all abortions outside of the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Late Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the country’s most restrictive abortion bill into law.

The move prompted many people in Western North Carolina, on both sides of the issue, to speak up about the decision.

“We believe that individuals have the right to make decisions in regards to what happens to them," said Angelica Wind, of Our VOICE, a non-profit in Asheville that provides resources for victims of sexual violence.

“I know they say it's a women's right to choose, but what about that child?" Asheville Tea Party chairman Jane Bilello asked.

The new law makes it a felony to perform an abortion in nearly all cases, including rape and incest.

While Bilello said any rape or incest case is a horrible situation, she said there is more to consider.

“The thing is that you have a life. Is it morally and ethically right to end that individual life?” Bilello asked.

Wind believes Alabama's law goes too far.

"When I heard that it had passed, I was shocked, because the bill does nothing to support the health and safety of sexual violence” Wind said.

Wind said the decision needs to be left up the woman.

"We support women who choose not to get an abortion, and we will not penalize women who get an abortion," Wind said.

The only exception to this new law is if a women's life is at risk because of the pregnancy.

There would be no punishment for those receiving an abortion, only for those providing it.

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