Alabama Senate votes to make abortion illegal

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Alabama lawmakers headed to a Tuesday night vote on bill to outlaw nearly all abortions in the state, the latest conservative state to try and enact new restrictions on abortion access. You don't have to do anything for that child, yet you want to make that decision for that woman, " Democratic Senator Vivian Davis Figures said.

The Alabama bill goes further, banning abortions at any time.

The sponsor of the bill, state Rep. Terri Collins (R), said she has empathy for survivors of rape and incest.

After the vote passed 25-6, the ACLU of Alabama announced on Twitter that they would file a lawsuit to stop the abortion ban.

Alabama's state Senate has passed a bill that would outlaw almost all abortions, creating exceptions only to safeguard the health of the mother.

Smitherman countered that rape and incest victims typically are scared to report the crimes and often take months or years to speak about their abuse. Several, including Alabama's neighbors Georgia and MS, have passed laws that prohibit abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

"To take that choice away from that person who had such a traumatic act committed against them, to be left with the residue of that person if you will, to have to bring that child into this world and be reminded of it every single day", Figures said.

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Singleton said doctors who perform abortions could serve more prison time, under the proposed ban, than the women's rapists.

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, who will preside over the vote and any attempt to amend the bill, posted a video on social media ahead of the debate saying "abortion is murder" and opposing amendments.

The group Physicians for Reproductive Health said the near total ban on abortions would have a disastrous effect on healthcare. "You've got 27 men over on the other side ready to tell women what they can do with their bodies", he said.

Republican Senator Clyde Chambliss, arguing in favor of the Alabama bill, said the whole point was "so that we can go directly to the Supreme Court to challenge Roe versus Wade". Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has not said whether she will sign it, and said she was waiting for a final version of the bill.

Supporters of the bills approved 22-16 by the Senate on a party-line vote Tuesday say it would restrict the use of a "barbaric" procedure except to save a woman's life. Ivey has not publicly taken a stance on the bill but has previously aligned herself as anti-abortion, lamenting the courts striking down another Alabama abortion law past year.

"As this legislation is still making its way through the legislative process, the governor intends to withhold comment until it makes its way to her desk for signature", deputy press secretary Lori Jhons wrote in an email.

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