Lawmakers within the southeastern U.S. state of Alabama handed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what can be the nation’s most stringent abortion legislation to the state’s Republican governor.
The Republican-dominated Senate voted 25-6 to make performing an abortion at any stage of being pregnant a felony punishable by as much as 99 years or life in jail for the abortion supplier. The solely exception can be when the girl’s well being is at critical threat.
Senators rejected an try so as to add an exception for rape and incest.
Supporters stated the invoice is designed to spark a court docket case that may immediate the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the landmark 1973 choice that legalized abortion nationally.
The spokeswoman for Governor Kay Ivey stated she intends to withhold remark till she has had an opportunity to completely evaluation the ultimate model of the invoice.
Planned Parenthood Southeast Director Staci Fox issued a press release calling the invoice’s passage “a dark day for women in Alabama and across this country. Alabama politicians will forever live in infamy for this vote.”
Abortion opponents in a number of states are looking for to problem abortion entry, emboldened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s new conservative justices.
Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have authorized bans on abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, which might happen in concerning the sixth week of being pregnant.