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On Tuesday, the state Senate of the Alabama approved a bill that essentially bans abortion in the state, a move aimed specifically at challenging more than 40 years of federal protection against abortion under Roe v. Wade. The law would make it a crime for a doctor to perform or attempt an abortion during any stage of pregnancy.
The Chamber approved a version of the bill that had an exception to the mother's health, passing 74-3, then a Senate committee added an exception for rape and incest. Senate Republicans, however, suddenly presented violations of rape and incest last week, leading to rapid and direct opposition from the Democrats.
The screams broke out as Democratic Senator Bobby Singleton, other Democrats and at least one Republican objected to the motion that was voted without roll-call vote.
"You have 27 men on the other hand ready to tell women what they can do with their bodies," Singleton said. "You don't have to proceed procedurally just to try to channel it."
The session was postponed after Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, a Republican, suggested lawmakers take the weekend to freshen up.
Singleton submitted an amendment to make exceptions in the event of rape and incest again Tuesday night. Four Republicans joined the seven Democrats present to vote for exceptions, but the measure failed in a roll-call vote. Singleton then accused the supporters of the legislation of having "raped the state of the Alabama with this bill".
"You really don't care about children, you just kicked them in the stomach and aborted them," Singleton said Tuesday. "You have just aborted the state of the Alabama with your rhetoric with this bill: you have just aborted the state of the Alabama and all of you should be put in jail for this abortion that you just laid on Alabama".
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During Tuesday's debate on the Senate bill, Democratic state senator Vivian Figures introduced an amendment to ask legislators who voted in favor of banning the payment of legal fees in the inevitable court challenges, and then another for make vasectomies a crime.
Both amendments were rejected by roll call vote.
The bill has easily passed the Senate 25-6. Now go to Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican, who has not indicated whether he will sign. If it does, it would be the most severe abortion law in the country.
Senator Doug Jones, D-Ala., Called the bill a "extreme attack" on women's freedoms in a video statement published on his Twitter Monday.
"These are Republican lawmakers who are overwhelmingly men, they are so extreme and so insensitive that they support a bill that denies a woman a constitutional right that they have had for decades," said Jones. "They would do it well and make their doctors and criminal health service providers."
With the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, legislators across the country are pushing for stricter abortion laws to challenge the Roe v. Judgment. Wade of 1973 high court.
The spokesman for the Alabama, Terri Collins, who sponsored the bill, told NBC News Tuesday night that lawmakers wanted to keep the text of the project as clean as possible, particularly to address the language of Roe v. Wade, who spoke of a child "in utero" ".
"Is the purpose of this bill to hope to reach the Supreme Court and have them revisit the actual decision, which was the child in a womb, a person?" Collins said. "And we believe that technology and science prove it is. You can see that the child's problem develops to this day."
Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp recently signed a law banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.
"Cardiac abortion" bans have also been signed into law in Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio this year. Lawmakers in Tennessee, Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Louisiana and West Virginia are considering similar proposals.