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Alabama Senate Passes Near-Total Abortion Ban – Should More States?

Should more states pass near-total abortion bans?

by Countable | 5.15.19

What’s the story?

  • Alabama lawmakers have voted to effectively ban abortion in the state, sending to the governor a bill that makes no exceptions for rape or incest.
  • The Human Life Protection Act bans all abortions in the state except when "abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk" to the mother. The bill also criminalizes the procedure, reclassifying it as a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors.

What are people saying?

Supporters

  • State Rep. Terry Collins (R), who sponsored the bill, said after its passage:
"This bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn, because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection."

Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth (R), who presides over the state Senate chamber, tweeted that “state motto is ‘We Dare Defend Our Rights,’ and today we have taken a strong step toward defending the rights of the unborn.”

Opponents

"It's a sad day in Alabama," said Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D) in the debate leading up to the vote. "You just said to my daughter, you don't matter, you don't matter in the state of Alabama."

What do you think?

Do you support Alabama’s Human Life Protection Act? Do you hope more states pass similar abortion laws? Do you hope this reaches the Supreme Court and they overturn Roe v. Wade? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: @NAFTELWORLD via Twitter)

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