According to CBS, Alabama’s House of Representatives have approved House Bill 314, a near-total abortion ban. The sponsor of the bill calls it a “direct attack” on Roe v. Wade, which is the Supreme Court case that gives a woman the right to have an abortion. The bill has no exceptions for victims of rape or incest.
House Bill 314, or the “Human Life Protection Act,” was passed 74 votes to 3. The bill will now go to the state Senate for approval. If passed, the bill would criminalize abortion, classifying it as a Class A felony in the state of Alabama. A doctor who performed an abortion could face up to 99 years in prison under the proposed legislation.
"The heart of this bill is to confront a decision that was made by the courts in 1973 that said the baby in the womb is not a person," said Representative Terri Collins, the bill's sponsor. "This bill addresses that one issue. Is that baby in the womb a person? I believe our law says it is."
If this law passed, Alabama would be violating the U.S. constitution because federal law supersedes state law. If the Alabama bill does become law, it will join other contested laws that could rise to the Supreme Court and possibly overturn Roe v. Wade.
After an amendment that would grant an exception for victims of rape and incest was rejected, House Democrats refused to vote on the bill.
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