Alabama Senate Passes Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban by 25-6 Vote; Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Alabama Senate Passes Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban by 25-6 Vote; Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Late Tuesday, the Alabama State Senate passed what would be the nation’s strictest abortion laws should it be signed by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. House Bill 314 passed the Senate by a 25-6 vote, and it does not include exceptions for rape or incest. Earlier in the day, the Senate had rejected an amendment that would have added such exceptions by a 21-11 vote margin. Earlier this month, HB 314 was passed by the Alabama House of Representatives by a 74-3 margin, and now awaits the governor’s signature. The bill’s proponents argue its strict nature is intended to establish a baby in the womb as a person. “We aimed for language that addresses the language of Roe v. Wade,
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