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Alabama Prepares For Almost Complete Abortion Ban

News by Joey Jordan Published on 15 May,2019

The Alabama Senate passed the most strict restriction bill over abortion Tuesday night and sent the bill to the governor's desk. The new law could punish doctors who perform abortion life imprisonment.

The Republicans backers pushed the legislation forward with a specific goal of overturning Roe v. Walde, the Supreme Court case legalizing abortion. The Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 to pass the bill after more than four hours of debate.

CAPTION: Alabama passed the bill to ban "nearly-total" abortion SOURCE: AL.com

The bill will punish any doctor performing abortion up to 99 years in prison. The Alabama House passed the bill earlier this month, CNN reported. The law, however, allows abortion in an exceptional case to avoid a serious health risk to the woman and the unborn child has a lethal anomaly.

Later, Democrats re-introduced an amendment to exempt rape and incest victim, however, the vote went against them by 11-21. Governor Kay Ivey has six days to sign the legislation, however, the bill would not be effective until six months after becoming law.

Lori Jhons, the governor's spokeswoman said in a statement,

As this legislation is still making its way through the legislative process, the governor intends to withhold comment until it makes its way to her desk for signature.

In the wake of the new bill, Democrats including Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Beto O'Rourke stood against the law saying it will violate a woman's right to safe and legal abortion. They took to their Twitter condemning the decision.

Meanwhile, president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, Staci Fox called the decision "a dark day for women in Alabama." He told CNN before the voting that the bill is "blatantly unconstitutional" and it wouldn't stand up in court.

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