Alabama Senate debates bill banning almost all abortions

Michigan Senate votes to ban abortion procedure

Alabama's Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion, sending what would be the US's most stringent abortion law to the state's Republican governor.

HB 314, as written and passed, is meant to set up a U.S. Supreme Court battle to overturn Roe v. Wade, the controversial 1973 ruling that effectively legalized abortion in all 50 states by declaring unconstitutional state laws restricting the procedures. People who perform abortions would be subject to a Class A felony, punishable by 10 to 99 years in prison, although a woman who receives an abortion would not be held criminally liable.

State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D) filibusters in opposition to HB314, which bans abortions in all cases except the health of the mother in the Alabama State House on Tuesday.

An amendment providing an exception for rape and incest was rejected 21-11, with four Republicans joining Democrats supporting the amendment.

An Alabama Democratic state senator who voted against legislation that would effectively ban all abortions in his state compared the bill's passage to rape.

Linda Coleman-Madison, one of the Alabama Senate's few women, reiterated the longstanding critique of abortion restriction: that it will not end abortions but rather make pregnant women seeking them more desperate and at more risk.

Emboldened by conservative justices who have joined the Supreme Court, abortion opponents in several states are seeking to challenge abortion access.

The bill's legality, however, would not be ensured since it is likely to face stringent challenges at the judicial level. Republican Senator Clyde Chambliss said as debate began on the proposed ban. Bobby Singleton said after the amendment's defeat.

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Alabama follows a handful of states that have recently enacted laws banning abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually as early as six weeks.

When Democratic state Sen.

"This Bill punishes victims of rape and incest by further taking away control over their own bodies and forcing them to give birth", it added. Greg Reed said after the bill passed the Senate, in part, "An unborn baby is a child who deserves protection - and despite the best efforts of abortion proponents, this bill will become law because Alabamians stand firmly on the side of life".

Assuming Gov. Ivey signs the bill into law, it will be interesting to follow its trajectory as it is inevitably appealed throughout the legal system. If the baby in the womb is human at all stages, then the law must protect human beings at all stages. First, Kay Ivey might not feel like playing along with the strategy and could refuse to sign the bill.

"Well, you don't care nothing about mothers of the state of Alabama, we don't care nothing about whether men take advantage of women and rape them...and you still want them to have a child of that bad act...you just aborted the state of Alabama", stated Singleton.

With a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, Democrats have grown concerned about what might happen if the court takes up an abortion case.

"At one time the Supreme Court wrongly endorsed racial segregation with the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling, but it was wise enough to later admit its error and overturn that precedent with Brown v. Board of Education", one of the bill's sponsor said upon introduction.

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