Alabama to ban abortion, including for rape and incest cases

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Alabama to ban abortion, including for rape and incest cases

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Alabama to ban abortion, including for rape and incest cases
Alabama to ban abortion, including for rape and incest cases. picture-alliance/dpa/AP/The Montgomery Advertiser/M. Welsh
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Alabama passed the strictest abortion law in the United States on Wednesday, as Republican governor Key Ivey signed it into law. The bill is set to go into effect in six months.

“To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” Ivey said in her statement.

The Republican-dominated Senate also backed the bill which outlaws nearly all abortions, including in cases of rape and incest.

Read more: White House, US states strive to limit abortions at home and abroad

Republican lawmakers and anti-abortion activists hope the legislation will lead to the Supreme Court overturning its landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide.

They have been emboldened after the top court swung conservative after President Donald Trump named two judges to it. In supporting the bill, Republican state Senator Clyde Chambliss admitted the whole point is “so that we can go directly to the Supreme Court to challenge Roe versus Wade.”

The law, which passed 25-6, would make performing abortions at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. Women undergoing an abortion would not be subject to punishment. There is an exception for when a women’s health is at serious risk.

An amendment providing an exception for rape and incest was rejected 21-11, with four Republicans joining Democrats supporting the amendment.

All 27 Republican lawmakers in the 35-seat Senate are men.

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