Alabama Senate passes bill banning almost all abortions

Alabama Senate passes bill banning almost all abortions

The ban passed almost unanimously on Tuesday night with a vote of 25-6.

The law only allows exceptions "to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother", for ectopic pregnancy and if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly".

Some on Twitter called on their allies to mail coat hangers to Ivey, as a reminder of the illegal abortion practices common before it was made legal.

Alabama's state Senate voted and approved one of the most controversial and restrictive abortion laws in the country.

Republican Governor Kay Ivey said she's not sure if she would sign the bill, although she's an opponent of abortion, Reuters reported.

The bill will take effect in six months if it is signed into law.

The lopsided vote suggests a veto could be easily overcome.

"I think Alabama legislators are trying to make it impossible to uphold this law without overturning Roe", she said. Although the governor has not publicly committed to signing the legislation, many Republican lawmakers expect her support. Some states have begun the process of amending state constitutions in case Roe v. Wade is overturned. Is that baby in the womb a person? That lawsuit came after the state was forced to pay the ACLU and Planned Parenthood $1.7 million in 2016 after a law requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges was struck down by federal courts.

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Supporters had argued that exceptions would weaken their hope of creating a vehicle to challenge Roe v. Wade.

Alabama state lawmakers also compare abortions in the the Holocaust and other modern genocides in the legislation, prompting Jewish activists and abortion rights groups to rebuke the legislation as "deeply offensive". "By comparison, more than 50 million babies have been aborted in the United States since the Roe decision in 1973 - more than three times the number who were killed in German death camps, Chinese purges, Stalin's gulags, Cambodian killing fields and the Rwandan genocide combined".

"The governor intends to withhold comment until it makes its way to her desk for signature", deputy press secretary Lori Jhons wrote in an email prior to Tuesday night's vote. Those bills point to the detection of a fetal heartbeat as the point at which an abortion is banned, but the Alabama ban goes further. A woman who receives an abortion would not be held criminally liable.

Condemning the bill, Democratic state Senator Rodger Smitherman said that by passing the measure, "we're telling a 12-year-old girl, who, through incest and rape is pregnant, we are telling her that she doesn't have a choice".

The debate became emotional at times as Singleton pointed out and named rape victims watching the debate from the Senate viewing gallery.

The measure outlaws all abortions except in cases where the mother's life is at stake, declaring the procedure a class-A felony punishable by 10 to 99 years in prison.

Sen. Clyde Chambliss speaks as debate on HB314 is held in the senate chamber in the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., on May 14, 2019.

Abortion rights advocates Wednesday morning urged Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to reject the bill and vowed swift legal action if it is enacted. Randall Marshall, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, said his organization is writing a complaint.