Alabama state passes near-total abortion ban bill

Vastavam web: The Alabama state Senate has passed the most restrictive abortion bill in the US that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison. The state’s Republican backers have pushed the legislation, which amounts to a near-total ban on abortion in the state, forward with the express goal of overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case legalising abortion, CNN reported. After more than four hours of debate on Tuesday night, the Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 to pass “HB 314”, which would slap doctors with up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion.

The Alabama House passed the bill earlier this month. The law only allows exceptions “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother”, for ectopic pregnancy and if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly”.

Republican Governor Kay Ivey will have six days to sign the legislation, though the bill would not take effect until six months after becoming law. Ivey has not publicly taken a stance on the bill but has previously aligned herself as anti-abortion.

Anti-abortion campaigners have successfully enacted a ban on all or most abortions in six Republican-led states: Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio and Georgia, reports the Guardian. At least 61 bills like this have been introduced across the country.