Alabama's state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday to outlaw almost all abortions, creating exceptions only to protect the mother's health, as part of a multistate effort to have the U.S. Supreme Court reconsider a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.
The bills would prohibit physicians from performing a dilation and evacuation abortion except to save a woman's life. 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.
Democrats, who hold a mere eight seats in the 35-member Senate, criticised the proposed abortion ban as a mixture of political grandstanding, an attempt to control women and a waste of taxpayer dollars.
The legislation will take effect six months Governor Ivey gives the bill her signature.More news: 'Arthur' kicked off 22nd season on PBS with gay wedding
Emboldened by conservative justices who have joined the Supreme Court, abortion opponents in several states are seeking to spark a legal challenge they hope could cause the court to revisit Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Democrats didn't have the votes to stop the bill but tried to slow down proceedings during the debate. "And yet you want to make that decision", Democratic state Sen.
Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has not publically said whether she will sign the bill if it's approved by lawmakers. It's part of a broader anti-abortion strategy to prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the right to abortion.
Anti-abortion advocates know any laws they pass are certain to be challenged, and courts this year have blocked a restrictive Kentucky law and another in Iowa passed last year.More news: Robert Kraft's lawyers seek permanent sealing of surveillance videos in prostitution case
"If I were them, I would be making plans to leave Alabama", Figures said in an interview before the bill was considered. 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".
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.
"The antiabortion carnival show now going on in the legislature is hypocritical grandstanding", Hamill said.
Brownlee is a freelance journalist based in Alabama.More news: Schiff: Campaigns Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Get Foreign Help
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