Alabama just passed a near-total abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest.
The GOP-dominated Senate voted 25-6 to make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be when the woman’s health is at serious risk.
Senators rejected an attempt to add an exception for rape and incest. The amendment was voted down 21-11, with four Republicans joining Democrats.
Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton said on the Senate floor after the amendment’s defeat. “You don’t care anything about babies having babies in this state, being raped and incest. You just aborted the state of Alabama with your rhetoric with this bill. It’s a sad day in Alabama. You just said to my daughter, you don’t matter, you don’t matter in the state of Alabama.”
After the bill passed, Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth voiced his support for the measure. He tweeted on Tuesday night. “With liberal states approving radical late-term and post-birth abortions, Roe must be challenged, and I am proud that Alabama is leading the way.”
Under the bill, doctors face 10 years in prison for attempting to terminate a pregnancy and 99 years for carrying out the procedure. A woman who has an abortion would not be held criminally liable, and abortion in cases where the mother’s life is at serious risk are allowed.