Alabama Senate passes near-total ban on abortion

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Alabama Senate passes near-total ban on abortion

"I think Alabama has gone too far", Robertson said Wednesday on his long-running TV program, "The 700 Club", referring to the hefty prison sentence for anyone who performs an abortion - 99 years or life behind bars.

The measure is headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. "I think that this is just a awful bill and hopefully if it gets to that level-to the Supreme Court-[then] the Supreme Court will not select this as a test case". Speaking on the Senate floor, Chambliss repeatedly referred to a "window" of time between conception and when a woman knows for certain that she's pregnant.

The recent wave of restrictions is due primarily to changes in the supreme court, which is made up of nine justices.

Amanda Reyes, president of the Yellowhammer Fund, which helps women pay for the procedure, said: "People start calling the clinics and calling us frantically because they believe they're not going to be able to get the abortion". "Banning abortion is bad enough". A vote on the measure had been temporarily tabled after the state Senate broke out in "chaos" debating an amendment to make exceptions in cases of rape and incest. Abortion rights advocates have promised to challenge the controversial legislation if Governor Ivey signs the bill into law.

It is unclear whether Alabama Governor Kay Ivey will sign the bill into law without this exception, but many worry that she ultimately will.

Of the 27 Republicans, all white men, that dominate the 35-seat Alabama senate, 25 voted to pass the bill on Tuesday local time.

Under the bill, abortion is banned in all cases except in situations when it would be necessary in order to save the life of the mother. Instead, they see it as a broader strategy to convince the Supreme Court to reconsider the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide.

Anti-abortion activists and lawmakers across the country have pursued a range of proposals to limit abortions this year, including so-called "heartbeat bills", which outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Greg Reed said after the bill passed the Senate, in part, "An unborn baby is a child who deserves protection - and despite the best efforts of abortion proponents, this bill will become law because Alabamians stand firmly on the side of life". Writing for the left-of-center The Daily Beast, Jay Michaelson noted: "T$3 he same logic applied in Hyatt would overturn not only Roe v. Wade but also the court's precedent on same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges".

"Human life has rights, and when someone takes those rights, that's when we as government have to step in", Chambliss said according to the Guardian.

Lawmakers in Alabama recently voted to ban virtually all abortions in the state, setting up a likely challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court.

Alabama could enact the strictest abortion ban in the nation. "While we can not 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".

In fact, Republicans in ME are on the cusp of blocking a state-level equal rights amendment - which would enshrine in the foundational document of state government that women are equal under the law - because they are afraid that it will somehow guarantee access to abortion services for poor women.

Ivey has not said whether she'll sign the bill.

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