Alabama abortion bill passes Senate, heads to governor

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Alabama's state Senate passed a controversial bill on Tuesday that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state and make performing one a felony unless the mother's health is at risk.

Figures received cheers and clapping from a packed gallery, which was overlooking the Senate floor, largely filled with activists who support the right to have an abortion. Republican Sen. Clyde Chambliss said as debate began on the proposed ban. You don't have to do anything for that child, yet you want to make that decision for that woman, " Democratic Senator Vivian Davis Figures said.

The sponsor of the bill, state Rep. Terri Collins (R), said she has empathy for survivors of rape and incest.

The Alabama House passed the bill earlier this month. Many women, according to the CDC, won't know they are pregnant for four to six weeks, meaning that by the time they've learned they are, it's too late to obtain an abortion, especially if the woman lives in a state that requires a waiting period.

The bill now heads to Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican. Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy. The legislation provides no exceptions for rape or incest. The Republican-majority chamber adjourned in dramatic fashion when leaders tried to strip a committee amendment that would have added an exception for cases of rape or incest.

"As this legislation is still making its way through the legislative process, the governor intends to withhold comment until it makes its way to her desk for signature", Ivey spokeswoman Lori Jhons said in a statement.

Similarly restrictive abortion bans in Kentucky and MS already are before the courts, and lawmakers in Alabama are fully aware that judges are likely to intervene. If a doctor attempts to perform an abortion he or she could face a Class C felony, punishable by one to 10 years in prison, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. "They love to champion themselves as defenders of children by fighting to make abortion illegal, but when it comes to education, health care and other concerns, especially of our most vulnerable children, wealthier Alabamians and the Legislature couldn't care less". Ivey has not publicly taken a stance on the bill but has previously aligned herself as anti-abortion, lamenting the courts striking down another Alabama abortion law previous year.

"We will not stand by while politicians endanger the lives of women and doctors for political gain", wrote Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project, in an email to CBS News following the vote.

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