News By/Courtesy: Vagish | 18 May 2019 20:23pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alabama's Senate passed a very tough and a near total ban on abortion sending what would be the nation's most stringent abortion law to the state's Republican governor.
  • The bill is in conflict with the US Supreme Court's landmark in 1973 case Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationally.
  • Supporters had argued that exceptions would weaken their hope of creating a vehicle to challenge Roe Collins who said that the law isn't meant to be a long-term measure

Alabama's Senate passed a very tough and a near total ban on abortion sending what would be the nation's most stringent abortion law to the state's Republican governor.  The GOP-dominated Senate voted 25-6 to make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be when the woman's health is at serious risk. Senators rejected an attempt to add an exception for rape and incest. The amendment was voted down 21-11, with four Republicans joining Democrats.

"You don't care anything about babies having babies in this state, being raped and incest," Democratic Senator Bobby Singleton said on the Senate floor after the amendment's defeat. "You just aborted the state of Alabama with your rhetoric with this bill." The bill is in conflict with the US Supreme Court's landmark in 1973 case Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationally.  "It's to address the issue that Roe v Wade was decided on. Is that baby in the womb a person?" Collins said.

Supporters had argued that exceptions would weaken their hope of creating a vehicle to challenge Roe Collins who said that the law isn't meant to be a long-term measure and that lawmakers could add a rape exception if states regain control of abortion access. "Roe v Wade has ended the lives of millions of children," Republican Senate Clyde Chambliss said in a statement after the bill's passage. "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." Abortion opponents in several states are seeking to challenge abortion access. Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy. Democrats, who hold eight seats in Alabama's 35-member Senate, criticized the ban as a mixture of political grandstanding, an attempt to control women and a waste of taxpayer dollars. "Today is a dark day for women in Alabama and across this country. ... Alabama politicians will forever live in infamy for this vote and we will make sure that every woman knows who to hold accountable”, said Staci Fox of Planned Parenthood Southeast. If the bill becomes law, it would take effect in six months. Critics have promised a swift lawsuit. Randall Marshall, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, said a complaint is being drafted.

 

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 18 May 2019 20:27pm IST


Tags : #Alabama #USA #Anti-Abortion #Laws #Passed #Rape #Incest #Exception

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