Alabama’s proposed abortion ban heads toward committee vote

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Alabama’s proposed abortion ban heads toward committee vote

The Associated Press

May 07, 2019 10:04 PM

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Women’s heath clinic escorts, from left Mia Raven, Margeaux Hartline and Kari Crowe walk into the gallery to watch debate on the abortion ban bill at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday April 30, 2019. The House of Representatives on Tuesday will debate the proposal to make performing an abortion a felony. The bill contains an exemption for the mother’s health but not for rape or incest. The legislation is purposely designed to conflict with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationally.


The Montgomery Advertiser via AP

Mickey Welsh


MONTGOMERY, Ala.

An attempt to outlaw abortion in Alabama is headed to a committee vote in the Alabama Senate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Wednesday morning on the bill following a public hearing.

The bill would make it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy with almost no exceptions.

The legislation comes on the heels of four states, including Georgia, approving bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Cam Ward said he expects an effort to add an exemption for rape and incest.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Terri Collins, said the aim is to spark a court case to prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the 1973 decision that legalized abortion.

The bill could be on the Senate floor Thursday.

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