Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) raised more than $160,000 for abortion rights groups on Wednesday, after Alabama passed legislation that essentially bars women from obtaining the medical procedure in the state.
“Outlawing access to abortion ― including in cases of rape or incest. Threatening to punish doctors who provide abortion care with up to 99 years of jail time. This isn’t a scene from The Handmaid’s Tale. This is happening in Alabama ― in our country ― in the year 2019,” read the email.
The message asked people to donate money that would be split among four groups fighting for abortion rights: the Yellowhammer Fund, the Clinic Vest Project, ARC Southeast and the National Network of Abortion Funds.
The email message was sent out again around 7 p.m., and was posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Harris was one of the few 2020 presidential candidates to send out a fundraising solicitation for abortion rights groups. Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, asked his supporters to raise money for NARAL. His campaign didn’t return a request for details about how much money he has raised.
On Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed into law the strictest anti-abortion bill in the country. It outlaws all abortions, except when the mother’s life is at risk; there are no exceptions for women or girls who have been victims of rape or incest. Performing the procedure would be considered a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
The law is intended to be a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that protects a woman’s right to have an abortion. Supporters believe that the Supreme Court, which has a majority of conservative justices, could hear a challenge to the law and, they hope, use it to strike down Roe and deliver a blow to abortion rights nationwide.
See the email Harris sent out Wednesday: