Alabama just passed a near-total abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest

Alabama just passed a near-total abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest

  • The Alabama State Senate passed a near-total abortion ban in a 25 to 6 vote on Tuesday night.
  • Last week, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law the state’s so-called “Fetal heartbeat” bill, a measure that will prohibit abortions after a heartbeat is detected in an embryo, which is typically five to six weeks into a pregnancy, and before most women know that they’re pregnant.
  • Abortion rights advocates have promised to challenge Alabama’s controversial legislation if Ivey signs the bill into law.
  • The state lawmaker called the bill a “Direct attack” on Roe v. Wade and anticipates that the bill will be contested by abortion rights advocates, like the ACLU, and potentially make its way to the high court.
  • “The heart of this bill is to confront a decision that was made by the courts in 1973 that said the baby in the womb is not a person,” Collins said last week when the Alabama House debated the legislation.
  • 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.”
  • Republican Senator Clyde Chambliss argued that the ban was still fair to victims of rape and incest because those women would still be allowed to get an abortion “Until she knows she’s pregnant,” a statement that garnered a mixture of groans and cackles from the chamber’s gallery.