On Tuesday evening, the Alabama Senate made a very historic decision to ban abortions with no exceptions for rape or incest.
The bill was passed with a vote of 25-6 and will now make it’s way to Governor Kay Ivey who will make the final decision.
Check out what AL.com reported:
After several hours of contentious debate, the Alabama Senate on Tuesday night voted 25-6 to pass what many say will be the strictest abortion ban in the nation. The bill makes abortion a felony in Alabama. A similar measure already passed the Republican-controlled House but controversy erupted last week in the Senate after an attempt to add amendments that would allow exceptions for victims of rape or incest. Another attempt to add rape and incest exceptions on Tuesday also failed and led to a filibuster attempt. Proponents of the measure pushed for a “clean bill” without amendments in order to clear the way to a legal fight in the U.S. Supreme Court and a review of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. The bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey, who will decide whether to sign it into law.
Pro choice advocates are very angry with the decision and are urging the Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey to reject the bill.
“We are laser-focused on urging Gov. Kay Ivey to veto this dangerous bill. If she chooses not to, then we will take this to court and ensure that abortion remains safe and legal and accessible in the state of Alabama,” the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, Staci Fox said.
Many people expect Ivey to sign the bill.
Here’s more from KWCH:
Ivey has not commented on the bill but the Republican fixture in Alabama has long identified as anti-abortion and the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Terri Collins, said she expects her to sign the legislation.
In Alabama and other conservative states, anti-abortion politicians and activists emboldened by the addition of conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court hope to ignite legal fights and eventually overturn the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade, putting an end to the constitutional right to abortion.
“Roe v. Wade has ended the lives of millions of children,” Alabama Republican Sen. Clyde Chambliss said. “While we cannot undo the damage that decades of legal precedence under Roe have caused, this bill has the opportunity to save the lives of millions of unborn children.”
Democrats are saying that this is “political grandstanding” by the Republicans and are saying that it is a waste of taxpayer money. Since when has the Left cared about wasting tax payer money?
“The state of Alabama ought to be ashamed of herself. You ought to be ashamed. Go look in the mirror,” Sen. Bobby Singleton said “Women in this state didn’t deserve this. This is all about political grandstanding.”
According to the bill, if someone were to perform an abortion in Alabama, they would be met with 99 years to life in prison.
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