Recently passed or proposed laws in Alabama, Georgia and other Southern states impose more stringent limits on abortion than a number of Middle Eastern countries, according to Haaretz.
While abortion regulations in about half of Middle Eastern countries are as restrictive as those passed in Alabama and Georgia, ten Muslim-majority countries—including Saudi Arabia and Algeria—allow abortion in a larger proportion of cases and impose more lenient penalties on doctors that perform the practice, according to Leila Hessini, vice-president a the Global Fund for Women.
Abortions in Tunisia and Turkey, for example, are officially legal in the first trimester and are provided free of charge. A portion of the bills now in place in the South, in contrast, would prohibit abortion after the sixth week.
The viability of a fetus is not a consideration in many anti-abortion bills now under consideration, but it is in Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey.
Close to 28 states are considering legislation that would restrict abortion in several ways, according to a statement by the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization that promotes sexual and reproductive health.
The recently proposed bills are part of an effort to reverse the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade, which supported women’s choice to have an abortion in a broad variety of circumstances.