Alabama abortion ban: Nation’s strictest abortion bill passes; no rape, incest exceptions

ortion debate can be found here: https://topics.al.com/tag/abortion/index.html Jeremy Gray

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10:32pm

From Mike Cason: The bill passed exactly as it was introduced by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, about six weeks ago. It includes only one exception — to allow abortions in cases of a serious health risk to the woman. The goal is to trigger a legal challenge to Roe v. Wade.

al.com Alabama abortion ban passes overwhelmingly with no changes

The Senate rejected amendments and passed the bill 25-6, sending it to Gov. Kay Ivey.

Jeremy Gray 9:16pm

Mike Cason reports the bill is headed to Gov. Kay Ivey: “The governor intends to withhold comment until she has had a chance to thoroughly review the final version of the bill that passed,” deputy press secretary Lori Jhons said.

al.com Will Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey sign into law nation’s most restrictive abortion ban?

The governor has said she would make a decision on whether to sign the bill when she sees the final version.

Jeremy Gray 9:13pm

In the wake of the debate and vote, this report from US News & World Report ranking the best and worst states has been making the rounds on social media:

al.com Alabama next to last in US News ranking of best and worst states

Alabama has a not-so-enviable place on the list of best states.

Jeremy Gray 9:09pm

Leada Gore reported on how senators voted on whether to add exceptions for rape and incest

al.com Alabama’s abortion ban vote: How Senators voted on failed exception for rape, incest

How Alabama lawmakers voted on amendment to allow abortion exceptions for victims to rape and incest.

Jeremy Gray 9:08pm

As Tuesday’s debate dragged on, Abbey Crain covered the protest outside: “Led by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, the Power House, Montgomery’s reproductive rights advocacy organization, and Planned Parenthood, protesters shouted “Whose choice? Our choice” holding coat hangers, an homage to the tools people once used to provide their own abortion care.”

al.com Protesters rally outside Alabama State House, oppose abortion ban bill

Protesters gathered outside the State House, while Alabama senators debating inside the merits of a near-total abortion ban.

Jeremy Gray 9:06pm

Columnist Roy Johnson pondered what today’s vote might do for Alabama’s growing movie industry: “Republicans don’t care. They don’t care if their anti-woman, anti-business, anti-Alabama’s tenuous image bill may cause our newest industry to yell, “Cut!”—just as the cameras are starting to roll.”

al.com Johnson: Alabama’s abortion bill may thwart state film industry as cameras finally begin to roll

The law would be the most restrictive in the U.S.

Jeremy Gray 9:03pm

Anna Claire Vollers examined how much it cost Alabama the last time the state lost an abortion case. “It paid the American Civil Liberties Union enough money for 33 classroom teachers. Or 41 state troopers. Or 50 prison guards.”

al.com Alabama paid $1.7 million to ACLU on last abortion test case

The same year Alabama paid nearly $2 million to ACLU over an abortion law that was struck down, legislators passed two more abortion laws, which are still in litigation.

Jeremy Gray 9:01pm

Abbey Crain on Monday looked at just who would be voting today: “Alabama has the sixth lowest percentage of female legislative representation in the country. Women make up just over 15 percent of Alabama’s legislature, but only 11 percent of the state Senate, leaving issues that primarily affect women up to the men. There are four women in the Alabama state senate”

al.com Abortion ban to be decided by 31 men, 3 women

Tomorrow and 31 men and three women will decide if virtually all abortions will be banned in Alabama, pending Gov. Ivey’s signature.

Jeremy Gray 8:59pm

As we wind down our live updates for the night, here is some of the coverage leading up to tonight’s vote and a look at what might come next. Here is video of Rep. Terri Collins and Sen. Clyde Chambliss discussing the passage of the bill. https://www.facebook.com/aldotcom/videos/2251199305130261/?notif_id=1557875720938923&notif_t=live_video_explicit Jeremy Gray 8:46pm

.⁦@StatehouseKim:⁩ Alabama Senate passes near-total ban on abortion, sending it to governor for her signature. https://t.co/ooRDbscnQ5— Jeff Amy (@jeffamy) May 15, 2019

Jeremy Gray 8:31pm

From The Guardian: Of the 27 Republicans, all white men, that dominate the 35-seat Alabama senate, 25 voted to pass the bill late on Tuesday.

the Guardian These 25 white men – all Republicans – just voted to ban abortion in Alabama

Legislation makes abortion a crime at any stage of pregnancy, with the only exception for a serious threat to the health of the woman

Jeremy Gray 8:19pm https://www.al.com/news/de8b00-alabama-abortion-bill.html

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