SALT LAKE CITY — On Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the most restrictive abortion policy in the U.S., banning abortions at any stage of pregnancy, criminalizing the procedure for physicians, and making no exceptions for rape or incest, The New York Times reported.

The bill was approved by the Alabama House of Representatives earlier this month and the state Senate yesterday.

“This legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and every life is a sacred gift from God,” Ivey said in a statement.

Here are five things to know about the controversial legislation:

1. The law is designed to reach a Supreme Court audience.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Terri Collins, acknowledged the bill’s restrictive reach would ensure favorable legislative prospects as well as legal challenges from organizations such as Planned Parenthood, as the Deseret News previously reported.

The bill’s creators intended for the legal challenges to rise to the Supreme Court, affording the chance to argue for an overturn of Roe v. Wade, reports The New York Times. With the current conservative majority of the Supreme Court, this overturn becomes a possibility for the first time since 1973.

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