Alabama’s Senate handed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what can be the nation’s most stringent abortion ban to the state’s Republican governor.
The Republican-dominated Alabama Senate voted 25-6 for the invoice that may make performing an abortion at any stage of being pregnant a felony punishable by as much as 99 years or life in jail. The one exception can be when the lady’s well being is at critical danger.
The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey who will determine whether or not to signal into legislation. She has not publicly mentioned whether or not she helps the measure.
Supporters mentioned the invoice is deliberately designed to battle with the U.S. Supreme Court docket’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade resolution legalizing abortion nationally, as a result of they hope to spark a courtroom case that may immediate the justices to revisit abortion rights.
“The query for me — for us — is: When is an individual an individual?” Republican Sen. Clyde Chambliss mentioned as debate started on the proposed ban.
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Senators rejected an try so as to add an exception for rape and incest. The modification was voted down 21-11, with 4 Republicans becoming a member of Democrats within the in search of the modification.
“You don’t care something about infants having infants on this state, being raped and incest,” Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton mentioned angrily after the modification’s defeat. “You simply aborted the state of Alabama together with your rhetoric with this invoice.”
The invoice’s sponsor and different supporters had argued exemptions would weaken their hope of making a automobile to problem Roe.
Emboldened by conservative justices who’ve joined the Supreme Court docket, abortion opponents in a number of states are in search of to problem abortion entry. Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have authorized bans on abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, which might happen in in regards to the sixth week of being pregnant.
The Alabama invoice goes additional by in search of to outlaw abortion outright.
“Our invoice says that child within the womb is an individual,” Republican Rep. Terri Collins, the invoice’s sponsor, mentioned Monday.
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There can be no punishment for the lady receiving the abortion, just for the abortion supplier.
The textual content of the invoice likens abortion to historical past’s best atrocities, together with the Holocaust.
Democrats, who maintain a mere eight seats within the 35-member Senate, criticized the proposed abortion ban as a mix of political grandstanding, an try to manage ladies and a waste of taxpayer .
“You don’t have to offer for that little one. You don’t must do something for that little one, but you need to make that call for that lady,” Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures mentioned. “It ought to be that lady’s alternative.”
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The talk grew to become emotional at occasions as Singleton identified and named rape victims watching the talk from the Senate viewing gallery.
Singleton mentioned medical doctors who carry out abortions may serve extra jail time, below the proposed ban, than the ladies’s rapists.
“That is nothing however a political sport and ladies are the pawns,” Staci Fox, CEO and President of Deliberate Parenthood Southeast. “Let’s be sincere, banning abortion doesn’t cease abortion. It stops protected and authorized abortion.”
A crowd of about 50 folks held a rally outdoors the Alabama Statehouse, chanting, “Whose alternative? Our alternative.”
A number of ladies dressed as characters from the “The Handmaid’s Story,” which depicts a dystopian future the place fertile ladies are pressured to breed.
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If signed into legislation by Ivey, the invoice would take impact in six months. Critics have promised a swift lawsuit. Randall Marshall, government director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, mentioned a criticism is being drafted to problem the ban.
Ivey has not publicly mentioned whether or not she’s going to signal the invoice if it’s authorized by lawmakers.
“The governor intends to withhold remark till it makes its technique to her desk for signature,” deputy press secretary Lori Jhons wrote in an e-mail previous to Tuesday evening’s vote.