Alabama Senate Passes the Country's Most Restrictive Abortion Ban

Alabama Senate Passes the Country's Most Restrictive Abortion Ban

A vote on the measure had been temporarily tabled after the state Senate broke out in "chaos" debating an amendment to make exceptions in cases of rape and incest.

A total of 16 states have introduced legislation to restrict the procedure, including four states whose governors have signed bills that prohibit abortion when a heartbeat is detected.

Democratic Senator Vivian Davis Figures, in fighting the bill, asked Chambliss to at least consider exceptions for rape and incest. The bill, which bans all abortions except for those deemed truly necessary to save the life of the mother, now awaits Republican Gov. Kay Ivey's signature. "It stops safe and legal abortion".

The nearest previous opportunity presented to the Supreme Court for overturning Roe was in 1992's Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

But if Governor Ivey refrained from signing the bill for any reason-it's possible that she'll take issue with the lack of exception for rape or incest-what would happen?

State Sen. Bobby Singleton, the minority leader of the Alabama Senate, says "I think that we raped women last night", speaking with CNN's Alisyn Camerota on New Day Wednesday.

As American women find it more and more hard to obtain abortions, this video looks at what Alabama's ruling could mean for abortion rights across the country.

Similarly restrictive abortion bans in Kentucky and MS already are before the courts, and lawmakers in Alabama are fully aware that judges are likely to intervene.

"This is a transparent effort to drum up political support for anti-abortion candidates in upcoming elections and serves as a direct threat to women's health, autonomy and pursuit of happiness", NOW said in a statement. The legislation criminalizes the practice of abortion, prohibiting it almost all instances except for when mother's life is in serious jeopardy.

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States have also passed laws similar to Alabama's that ban dilation and evacuation abortions.

Alabama's drastic attempt to curtail abortion rights has the ultimate goal of overturning the landmark Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed a woman's "fundamental" right to end her pregnancy.

"With liberal states approving radical late-term and post-birth abortions, Roe must be challenged, and I am proud that Alabama is leading the way", he added.

The higher-level question, instead, is this: Is the Alabama legislature justified to pass a state-level piece of legislation that expressly "defies" and sets in its crosshairs an erroneously decided U.S. Supreme Court ruling?

"Roe v. Wade has ended the lives of millions of children", Alabama Republican Sen.

That bill passed the Alabama Senate 25-6 yesterday, without the rape/incest exceptions (which failed 21-11).

They have been emboldened after the top court swung conservative after President Donald Trump named two judges to it.In supporting the bill, Republican state Senator Clyde Chambliss admitted the whole point is "so that we can go directly to the Supreme Court to challenge Roe versus Wade".

If signed into law by Ivey, the bill would take effect in six months.

Other conservative states have passed laws that will also face legal challenges.

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