Alabama Senate Could Vote Today on Abortion Bill
The Alabama Senate goes back into session at 4PM today. It is expected that senators will debate and possibly vote on a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state.
The bill would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony. The only exception is when a mother’s life is in danger.
The bill overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives 74-3, but some Republican state senators have expressed discomfort that the bill doesn’t include an exception for rape or incest.
Those exceptions were added as an amendment by a Senate committee last week, but the full Senate removed that amendment on a voice vote that upset some lawmakers.
Some who oppose exceptions for rape or incest say their goal is to create a court case to challenge the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
The legislation comes after four states have approved abortion bans once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
Alabama News Network will have complete coverage of the debate and possible vote on-air, online and on your phone.
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