Alabama’s Senate advanced a bill banning abortion in almost all cases.
BREAKING: Alabama Senate passes a bill to ban nearly all abortions. The only exception is if a mother's life is in jeopardy. The vote was 25-6. It now goes to Governor Kay Ivey for signature. #Alpolitics
— Lauren Walsh (@LaurenWalshTV) May 15, 2019
NBC News reported that the Alabama state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill essentially banning abortion in the state, a move specifically aimed at challenging more than 40 years of federal abortion protection under Roe v. Wade. The bill would make it a felony for a doctor to perform or attempt an abortion during any stage of pregnancy.
The House approved a version of the bill that had an exception for the mother’s health, passing 74-3, then a Senate committee added an exception for rape and incest. Republicans in the Senate, however, suddenly tabled the rape and incest exemptions last week, leading to swift and vocal opposition from Democrats.
Alabama sent the most restrictive abortion bill in the country to the governor’s desk Tuesday night, with the state’s Senate passing legislation that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.