Alabama Senate passes bill banning almost all abortions

Cheryl Sanders
May 15, 2019

Alabama is close to approving a near total ban on abortion after the state Senate passed a measure that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony.

Alabama's state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday to outlaw almost all abortions, creating exceptions only to protect the mother's health, as part of a multistate effort to have the U.S. Supreme Court reconsider a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. Activists hope challenges to abortion laws will reach the Supreme Court, where Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed the right to abortion, can be overturned or weakened.

Business Insider: "Women could get up to 30 years in prison for having a miscarriage under Georgia's harsh new abortion law". Republican Senator Clyde Chambliss said as debate began on the proposed ban.

The sponsor of the bill, state Rep. Terri Collins (R), said she has empathy for survivors of rape and incest.

For example, the Court of Appeals of Georgia refused to prosecute a woman who shot herself in the stomach to kill her unborn baby, interpreting Section 16-12-140 thus: "This statute is written in the third person, clearly indicating that at least two actors must be involved".

Singleton said doctors who perform abortions could serve more prison time, under the proposed ban, than the women's rapists.

(b) A person convicted of the offense of criminal abortion shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years.

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, who will preside over the vote and any attempt to amend the bill, posted a video on social media ahead of the debate saying "abortion is murder" and opposing amendments.

The debate became emotional at times as Democratic Sen.

Just this year, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and OH have outlawed abortion after a doctor can detect an embryonic heartbeat.

"You don't have to provide for that child".

Governor Kay Ivey has not commented on whether she would sign the bill, but she is known to be anti-abortion. "It stops safe and legal abortion".

With Whitmer expected to veto the measures if they reach her desk, Right to Life is preparing to launch an identical citizens' initiative that could be enacted by lawmakers without her signature. "Until now, there was no prospect of reversing Roe", Alabama Pro-Life Coalition co-founder and president, Eric Johnston, who drafted the bill, told NYT.

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