Alabama Senate heads toward vote on abortion ban measure

A bill pending in the Alabama Legislature would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion

Alabama's state Senate has passed a bill that would outlaw almost all abortions, creating exceptions only to safeguard the health of the mother.

People who perform abortions would be subject to a felony, punishable by 10 to 99 years in prison, although a woman who receives an abortion would not be held criminally liable.

Just this year, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and OH have outlawed abortion after a doctor can detect an embryonic heartbeat. The Republican-majority chamber adjourned in dramatic fashion when leaders tried to strip a committee amendment that would have added an exception for cases of rape or incest.

"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", Ivey spokeswoman Lori Jhons said in a statement.

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Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to veto the legislation, which can not go to her desk until next week at the earliest. 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. "When does a life become a life?" he said, opening the debate on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon.

Smitherman posed questions to Republican State Sen.

Courts have blocked bans on the procedure in other states, and the issue ultimately may be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

With a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, Democrats have grown concerned about what might happen if the court takes up an abortion case. States like Kentucky and Tennessee are also considering passing a similar bill. "I have prayed my way through this bill". "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. This is, of course, a state where voters endorsed an amendment to the Alabama Constitution in 2018, which reads that the "public policy of this state is to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life". "They love to champion themselves as defenders of children by fighting to make abortion illegal, but when it comes to education, health care and other concerns, especially of our most vulnerable children, wealthier Alabamians and the Legislature couldn't care less".

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