Health Care

Alabama AG sued over out-of-state abortion enforcement

Two similar lawsuits were filed against Steve Marshall (R).
Bottles of the drug misoprostol sit on a table at the West Alabama Women’s Center on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

A reproductive rights activist group and three women’s health care providers sued Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) on Monday in an attempt to prevent him from prosecuting people who help women travel out of the state for abortions.

Both lawsuits, filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, allege that Marshall sought to use state laws to violate pregnant Alabamians’ constitutional right to interstate travel when he claimed that he could use the state’s anti-conspiracy laws to criminally prosecute “someone promoting themselves as a funder of abortion out of state.”

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