Rape, incest exceptions added to Alabama abortion bill

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By WSFA Staff

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a bill banning nearly all abortions in Alabama.

The committee added exceptions in cases of rape and incest. Initially, it only included exceptions when the mother’s health was at risk.

The bill, which passed 7-2, would make it a felony for someone to perform or attempt to perform an abortion. It will now go to the full Senate for debate.

The Alabama House of Representatives already passed the bill but would have to vote on it again if the changes to the bill pass in the Senate.

Several Democratic representatives walked out of the House chamber and didn’t vote on the bill in protest.

Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, is the bill sponsor. She has said the intent of the bill is for it to challenge the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

Opponents say the proposal is unconstitutional and the legal fight would cost the state money.

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