Alabama Senate Passes Bill That Would Ban Most Abortions
Alabama’s Senate approved a controversial bill that would effectively ban abortion in the state. The bill is intended to set up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, a Supreme Court decision that established the right to abortion nationwide.
The bill would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy unless the woman’s life is at risk or the fetus has a “lethal anomaly.”
Under the bill, doctors who perform abortions could face felony charges and up to 99 years in prison. The woman having the abortion would not be penalized.
Last week, the Senate postponed the vote after legislators got into a shouting match over amending the bill to allow abortion in cases of rape or incest.
That proposed amendment was voted down 21-11.
Alabama’s House of Representatives already passed the bill in April. It’s not clear if Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will sign it into law. But opponents of the bill have already said they’ll challenge the legislation in federal court.
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