Today the Alabama state Senate approved a bill that essentially bans abortion, in a move specifically aimed at challenging more Roe v. Wade. The bill would make it a felony for a doctor to perform or attempt an abortion during ANY stage of pregnancy.
The House approved a version of the bill that had a one exception, for the mother’s health, passing 74-3. A Senate committee then added an exception for rape and incest. But Republicans in the Senate suddenly tabled the rape and incest exemptions last week.
Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton put up an amendment to make exceptions in the case of rape and incest again on tonight. Four Republicans joined the seven Democrats present to vote for the exceptions, but the measure failed in a roll call vote. Singleton said,
“You don’t care anything about babies for real. You just kicked them in the stomach and you aborted them yourselves. You just aborted the state of Alabama with your rhetoric with this bill. You just aborted the state of Alabama and all of you should be put in jail for this abortion you just laid on Alabama.”
During Tuesday’s debate on the bill in the Senate, Democratic State Senator Vivian Figures introduced an amendment to require legislators who voted in favor of the ban to pay the legal fees in the inevitable court challenges, and then another to make vasectomies a felony.
Both of the amendments were rejected by roll call vote.
As usual, humorist Andy Borowitz gets it right.
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