Alabama’s Near-Total Abortion Ban Spares Women, Would Send Abortion Doctors To Prison

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The Alabama Senate passed H.B. 314 on Tuesday, which is a near-total ban on abortions that makes no exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

The only exception written into the “Human Life Protection Act” was for cases when “abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk.” All other abortion procedures would be reclassified as Class A felonies, punishable by up to 99 years. Only the abortion provider would be charged, however, and not the woman.

If signed into law by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, it would be the most restrictive abortion law in the United States.

The vote passed 25-6.

Pro-choice advocates immediately took to Twitter to protest the move, calling it “a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.” (RELATED: Alabama Rep Argues For Abortion Access: ‘Kill Them Now Or Kill Them Later’)

Several of the Democratic 2020 presidential candidates weighed in on the issue, as well.

If the Alabama governor signs the bill, it will take effect in six months.

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