Alabama Senate debates bill banning almost all abortions


Senators voted down an attempt to add an amendment that gave exceptions for rape and incest.

Legislation to restrict abortion rights has been introduced this year in 16 states, four of whose governors have signed bills banning abortion if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected. After Alabama's State Senate passed a bill banning almost all abortions, including those necessitated by cases of rape or incest, actor Chris Evans took to Twitter to slam the "absolutely unbelievable" news.

"There is a very good chance if this makes it to the Supreme Court that Roe v. Wade will be overturned", Cevallos declared on "Morning Joe".

The only exception would be in cases of medical emergencies, not rape or incest.

"You don't care anything about babies having babies in this state, being raped and incest", Democratic Senator Bobby Singleton said on the Senate floor after the amendment's defeat.

States with liberal majorities are, however, seeking safeguards to the right to abortion in their own constitutions.

The bills signal a shift from some conservative states attempting to chip around the edges of Roe and abortion access to a go-for-broke strategy of pushing outright abortion bans.

The measure permits abortion only when necessary to save a mother's life, an unyielding standard that runs afoul of federal court rulings. "Alabama politicians will forever live in infamy for this vote and we will make sure that every woman knows who to hold accountable".

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Such a scenario would spell the end of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established that a woman's constitutionally protected right to privacy included whether or not to have an abortion before a fetus is viable outside the womb, usually about 24 weeks into a pregnancy.

The Human Life Protection Act (HB 314) was passed by the Alabama House last week in a 74-3 vote and passed the Senate on May 14 with a 25-6 vote.

But in the larger legal landscape, Marshall cast doubt on whether this bill would ever take on Roe, citing how the case would take several years to get to the Supreme Court while several other states have already passed so-called heartbeat bills effectively banning abortion. "It is time for this court to do the same with Roe v. Wade".

Sponsor Rep. Terri Collins says she expects the governor to support the ban. "I think that this is just a awful bill and hopefully if it gets to that level-to the Supreme Court-[then] the Supreme Court will not select this as a test case".

Alabama could enact the strictest abortion ban in the nation. "The time is coming for the Supreme Court to let that debate go forward", Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of pro-life organization the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The ban would take effect six months after being signed into law, according to the Associated Press.

Sen. Vivian Figures (D) introduced a series of amendments, with one requiring lawmakers who voted yes on the bill to pay for any legal fees the bill might cause - it would nearly certainly draw immediate legal challenges - and another to make vasectomies a felony, noting that there are no laws regulating what a man can do with his body.