Alabama Senate passes toughest abortion ban bill in US
Alabama's state Senate passed a bill on May 15 to outlaw nearly all abortions. The law would take effect in six months.
Alabama Senate outlaws nearly all abortions
Alabama's state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday to outlaw nearly all abortions, creating exceptions only to protect the mother's health, as part of a multistate effort to have the US Supreme Court reconsider a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.
Bill to face legal challenge
The law, which passed 25-6, would take effect six months after being signed by the governor, but is certain to face legal challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups which have vowed to sue.
Bill approved by Republican Governor Kay Ivey
The country's strictest abortion bill was previously approved by the Alabama House of Representatives and was later signed by the Republican Governor Kay Ivey.
Legislation to restrict abortion rights introduced in 16 states
Legislation to restrict abortion rights has been introduced this year in 16 states, four of whose governors have signed bills banning abortion if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected.
10 to 99 years of imprisonment to offenders
The Alabama bill goes further, banning abortions at any time. Those performing abortions would be committing a felony, punishable by 10 to 99 years in prison, although a woman who receives an abortion would not be held criminally liable.
No amendment for rape victims
The Republican-controlled Alabama Senate also defeated a Democratic amendment that would have allowed legal abortions for women and girls impregnated by rape and incest.