Alabama GOP Won’t Fund Maternal Health Care Despite Near Total Ban On Abortion
Following the Alabama Senate’s Tuesday approval of legislation that would ban nearly all types of abortions, lawmakers refused to evaluate amendments that give health care resources to women who were barred from having an abortion, Newsweek reports.
State Senator and Democrat Linda Coleman-Madison suggested an amendment that requires the state government give medical and prenatal care to mothers who were prevented from having an abortion as a result of the bill. Senators struck down her amendment in a 23-6 vote.
“The sin to me is bringing a child into this world and not taking care of them,” Coleman-Madison said. "The sin for me is that this state does not provide adequate care. We don’t provide education. And then when the child is born and we know that mother is indigent and she cannot take care of that child, we don’t provide any support systems for that mother.”
Fellow Democrat and State Senator Vivian Davis Figures also proposed three additions to the bill: one that would require Medicaid be expanded to give aid mothers and their children, one that would require the bill’s voters to bear the financial burden of defending it in court, and one that would outlaw vasectomies. All of her amendments were struck down in votes.
The measure, approved by the House last month, moves to Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who has expressed intent in the past to sign the legislation into law. The new law will ban abortions even in cases of incest or rape and punishes doctors who perform procedures with up to 99 years in prison.