Alabama Senate Passes Abortion Bill with No Amendments
The Alabama Senate voted 25-6 tonight to approve the abortion bill that will outlaw nearly all abortions in the state. Abortions would only be legal if the mother’s life was in danger.
The Senate rejected five proposed amendments to the bill. Some had wanted rape and incest to be included among the exceptions.
If the bill becomes law, a doctor would face felony charges for performing an abortion. Punishment could be as high as 99 years in prison. Women would not be prosecuted.
Supporters of the bill hope to use it as a court challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide.
“When does a life become a life? And right now legally we don’t know the answer to that question, so this bill is in hopes of us getting to that question,” State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) said.
“Whatever it is, the person could have some kind of communicable disease, anything! We’re telling her that you have no choice, that’s the life you’ve got to live for the rest of your life,” State Sen. Roger Smitherman (D-Birmingham) said.
The bill will now go to Gov. Kay Ivey to decide whether to sign it into law. She told Alabama News Network last week that she would wait and see what the bill contains before making her decision.