Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Alabama Senate passes bill banning abortion - even in rape and incest cases

The senate of the state of Alabama in US has passed a bill that makes performing an abortion a felony offense.

The bill bans abortion in almost all cases, including rape and incest, and doctors who perform an abortion face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The only exception in the legislation is in cases where the life of the pregnant woman is at risk.

 The bill which passed on Tuesday, 25 to 6, still needs to be signed by the state governor Kay Ivey, who is a Republican.

And if she signs it into law ― it would become effective within six months - and would be the strictest abortion restriction in the US.

State Rep. Terri Collins (R), who sponsored the new legislation, has explain the reason for the bill.

“This bill is very simple,” she told The Washington Post. “It’s not about birth control or the morning after the pill. It’s about not allowing abortion once the woman is pregnant. The entire bill was designed to overturn [Roe v. Wade] and allow states to decide what is best for them.”

Reproductive rights groups immediately protested the bill’s passage, calling the measure blatantly unconstitutional.

“In passing this atrocious bill, Alabama’s state legislators have shown their complete disregard for the U.S. Constitution and the needs of their constituents,” said Katherine Ragsdale, CEO of the National Abortion Federation, in a statement. “Anti-choice politicians have once again demonstrated that they would rather advance their extreme personal agenda than ensure the safety and well-being of their constituents.”

According to NBC News, Alabama has only three abortion clinics left in the state. 

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