The legislation makes 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 bill will now head to Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who is expected to sign it into law.
That bill passed the Alabama Senate 25-6 yesterday, without the rape/incest exceptions (which failed 21-11). The only exception allows for abortions in cases where the woman's health is at risk. 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.
Critics have promised a swift lawsuit to challenge the ban if enacted. You ought to be ashamed.
"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. He said the law specifically bars abortions when a woman is "known to be pregnant", indicating that victims of crimes could get "treatment" ahead of a pregnancy test.
Alabama state lawmakers also compare abortions in the U.S.to the Holocaust and other modern genocides in the legislation, prompting Jewish activists and abortion rights groups to rebuke the legislation as "deeply offensive".
"Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the court will overrule next", Breyer wrote, also going so far as to cite another abortion case (Casey) in which the court upheld abortion rights.
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"This is nothing but a political game and women are the pawns", she said. "My goal with this bill, and I think all of our goals, is to have Roe vs. Wade turned over, and that decision be sent back to the states so that we can come up with our laws that address and include amendments and things that address those issues".
Missouri's Republican-led Senate is set to take up a bill to ban abortions after eight weeks, a move that comes as GOP legislatures across the USA are emboldened by the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn its landmark ruling legalizing the procedure. It's shameful that this bill, and a similar law in neighboring Georgia, was passed within days of the U.S. releasing shocking data on the country's high rates of preventable maternal mortality.
"Roe v. Wade has ended the lives of millions of children".
A crowd of about 50 people held a rally outside the Alabama Statehouse, chanting, "Whose choice?"
Much like an earlier iteration of the debate, the Tuesday discussion of the bill turned deeply personal, touching on different views of God and an individual experience of one of the lawmakers. "It stops safe and legal abortion". "Alabama politicians will forever live in infamy for this vote and we will make sure that every woman knows who to hold accountable".
She tweeted: "The onslaught of abortion bans passing in states - as recently as in Alabama's legislature last night - represents the greatest threat to reproductive freedom in our lifetimes".
American Civil Rights Union of Alabama Executive Director Randall Marshall said that his organization would join with the national ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Planned Parenthood of Southeast to challenge the bill in court within "a few weeks" should it become law. "Hopefully, it takes it all the way to the supreme court to overturn Roe versus Wade".