Alabama abortion ban: Republican state senate passes most restrictive law in US | US news | The Guardian


Alabama’s Republican-controlled state senate passed a bill Tuesday to outlaw abortion, making it a crime to perform the procedure at any stage of pregnancy.

The strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban allows an exception only when the woman’s health is at serious risk, and sets up a legal battle that supporters hope will lead to the supreme court overturning its landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

The measure contains no exception for rape and incest, after lawmakers voted down an amendment Tuesday that would have added such an exception.

The legislation, which passed by a vote of 25-6, makes it a class A felony for a doctor to perform an abortion, punishable by 10 to 99 years in prison. Women would not face criminal penalties for getting an abortion.

It goes further than any other state has to restrict abortion. Other states, including neighboring Georgia, have instituted bans on abortion after about six weeks into pregnancy.

The vote came after a battle broke out over whether to allow legal abortions for women who become pregnant due to rape or incest, an issue that divided Republicans who otherwise supported outlawing abortion.

Last week, chaos erupted on the floor when Republican leaders stripped out the rape exception without a roll call vote, leading the final vote to be postponed. It got a full vote on Tuesday, but ultimately failed.

 

Source: Alabama abortion ban: Republican state senate passes most restrictive law in US | US news | The Guardian

One thought on “Alabama abortion ban: Republican state senate passes most restrictive law in US | US news | The Guardian

  1. Alabama’s Republican-controlled state senate are the criminals and should be prosecuted accordingly for crimes against women.
    This archaic revison of the Laws of Alabama should be immediay=tely reversed and the Senators who voted to impletement this inequality law need to be arrested for crimes against women.

    The liberties gained by women over the years has been eroded by male Senators who have no respect for women and need to be striped of office.

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