(Montgomery, AL-AP) — Alabama’s state Senate is passing a bill that would ban nearly all abortions. Democratic Minority Leader Bobby Singleton pleaded with the governor to reject the bill.
The measure makes abortions illegal except to prevent serious health risks to the pregnant woman. The senators voted down an amendment that would’ve added exceptions for rape and incest. The bill passed the Alabama House of Representatives and Republican Governor Kay Ivey has not said if she will sign it into law.
The bill’s authors in the House have said that their aim is to have the matter taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court with the hope that it will overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. That decision established a woman’s right to an abortion.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is weighing in on the passage of a controversial abortion bill in Alabama. In a brief remark to Capitol reporters today, Pelosi called it very sad and heartbreaking