(LifeSiteNews) – Legislation to ban the vast majority of abortions is on its way to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk, after clearing its final hurdle in the state Senate Tuesday evening.
The Alabama Human Life Protection Act bans abortion for any reason other than to “avert (a mother’s) death or to avert serious risk of substantial physical impairment of a major bodily function” (mental or emotional health would not qualify). Performing an abortion would become a Class C felony, punishing abortionists with up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
“With liberal states like New York rushing to approve radical late-term and post-birth abortions, passage of this bill will reflect the conservative beliefs, principles, and desires of the citizens of Alabama while, at the same time, providing a vehicle to revisit the constitutionally flawed Roe v. Wade decision,” Republican state Rep. Terri Collins, the bill’s sponsor, has declared.
The Act passed the state House 74-3 last month, but hit a snag last week in the Senate when fighting erupted over an amendment to add rape and incest exceptions, which Collins warned would dilute the bill’s argument that “the baby in the womb is a person.” Republican Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh moved to delay a vote on the measure to let tensions cool over the weekend.
Last night, the state Senate voted 25-6 to pass the Act, NBC News reports—without the additional exceptions.
Democrat Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton put forth the rape/incest amendment, which four Republicans broke ranks to support. But it ultimately failed, leading Singleton to launch into a tirade about pro-life lawmakers having “raped the state of Alabama with this bill.”
“You don’t care anything about babies for real. You just kicked them in the stomach and you aborted them yourselves,” he declared. “You just aborted the state of Alabama and all of you should be put in jail for this abortion you just laid on Alabama.”
Democrat state Sen. Vivian Figures introduced two other amendments, one to force lawmakers who voted “yes” to pay the state’s legal bills for defending the law and one to criminalize vasectomies. Both were rejected.
“This bill’s purpose is to hopefully get to the Supreme Court and have them revisit the actual decision, which was, is the baby in a womb a person?” Collins told NBC on Tuesday. “And we believe technology and science shows that it is. You can see that baby tissue develop all the way through now.”
“The governor intends to withhold comment until she has had a chance to thoroughly review the final version of the bill that passed,” a spokeswoman for Ivey, a Republican, said Tuesday according to the Associated Press. Collins said she expects Ivey to ultimately sign the bill into law, at which point the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama has vowed to file a lawsuit to stop it.
“Alabama’s new abortion restrictions reflect the common sense reality that all abortions can only be successful if they end the life of a human being,” 40 Days for Life president Shawn Carney said. “These new protections simply confirm what science and reason tell us about our most vulnerable Americans. The unborn should not be discriminated against but protected and given natural human rights. This is a great day for Alabama and America.”
During the legislative debate over the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, Democrat state Rep. John Rogers rose to national prominence for defending abortion on the grounds that “some kids are unwanted, so you kill ’em now or kill ’em later.” Last week he announced a primary challenge to Democrat U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a fellow pro-abortion Democrat.