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Alabama Senate passes near-total abortion ban

The Alabama State Senate passed a bill that represents a near-total ban on abortions on Tuesday night.

AL.com reports that the senate voted 25-6 to pass a bill that would criminalize pregnancy terminations except in cases where the mother’s life is in serious danger. If signed into law, it will be a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion under any other circumstances, including if a pregnant woman is a victim of rape or incest.

As reported by the New York Times, a Senate committee had added an amendment allowing for rape and incest exceptions to the bill, but the amendment was ultimately rejected.

Under the proposed law, doctors guilty of performing abortions could face up to 99 years in prison, though, according to the AL.com report, the woman would not be held criminally liable.

Alabama governor Kay Ivey, a Republican, will make the final decision on whether the bill will become law. Ivey’s deputy press secretary said in a statement to AL.com that the governor would not comment on the bill until she thoroughly reviewed it. The New York Times report notes that Republicans largely expect Ivey to support the bill and sign it into legislation.

Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, first introduced the bill six weeks ago, without the exception of allowing abortions when the mother’s life is at risk. Collins celebrated the Senate vote in a press conference Tuesday night.

“I would say that we’re all very pleased to have this done,” Collins said, according to AL.com. “We’re excited about the possibilities that it could mean. It’s been difficult at times, and then at times it’s been really good. I felt really good about it all the way through.”

 

 

[Feature image: People taking part in an anti-abortion march and rally walk toward the Legislative building, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)]