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Alabama Gov. Signs Total Abortion Ban — Including For Rape And Incest

Alabama Gov. Signs Total Abortion Ban — Including For Rape And Incest

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday night signed the state’s controversial total abortion ban. The new law is the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.

The legislation — 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, according to the bill’s text.

The measure also criminalizes the procedure, reclassifying abortion as a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors. Attempted abortions will be reclassified as a Class C penalty.

The Alabama Senate voted 25 to 6 to pass a total abortion ban Tuesday night, making it a felony to terminate a pregnancy at any point and punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

After hours of debate, the male-dominated Senate voted 25 to 6 to pass the bill. The abortion ban would take effect six months from today.

Alabama’s extreme legislation comes just one week after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a near-total abortion ban into law beginning in 2020. Both measures are intended as a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established the constitutional right to abortion.

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“This decision could have an impact on our state as well as our nation,” said state Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R), who brought the bill to the floor.

“This bill isn’t about the right to life. This bill is about control,” said state Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison (D), one of four women elected to the Senate, all of whom voted no.

Unlike other GOP-controlled states, where lawmakers have limited access by banning a type of procedure or banning abortion up to a specific gestational age of the fetus, Alabama’s bill is a total ban. Under Alabama’s ban, providers could face jail time of 10 to 99 years for providing abortions.

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