The Alabama State Senate passed the bill on Tuesday night.
What We Know:
- The bill was passed with a 25 to 6 vote.
- It is being called a “near-total” anti-abortion bill due to
- The bill is the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.
- The bill becoming law now depends on the Republican governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey. Since the approval of the bill she has denied public comment.
- The bill known as House Bill 314, “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 woman, as stated in the bill.
- Abortion has been reclassified as “a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors” and “attempted abortions will be reclassified as a Class C penalty.”
- While Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth tweeted Tuesday night how he was happy “Alabama was leading the way”, Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton stated in a debate leading up to the vote that “you just said to my daughter, you don’t matter, you don’t matter in the state of Alabama.”
- It will take six months to take effect if Ivey signs the bill into law.
Hopefully, Ivey sees how this new law would do more harm than good.