Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Watch as Alabama Senate debates abortion ban bill

Watch as Alabama Senate debates abortion ban bill

Jamil, 33, voiced her pro-choice stance on social media after Georgia passed the HB 481 bill, which allows prosecutors to file charges against women who get an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The measure permits abortion only when necessary to save a mother's life, an unyielding standard that runs afoul of federal court rulings.

The country's strictest abortion bill was previously approved by the Alabama House of Representatives and will now go to Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who has withheld comment on whether she would sign but is generally a strong opponent of abortion.

While the bill made its way through the legislature, dozens of celebrities and several Hollywood institutions such as the Writers Guild of America threatened to boycott the state if the ban was signed.

Alabama's lawmakers pass a bill for a near-total ban on abortion, even if the pregnancy is caused by rape and incest.

"Is it a life?"

"Our bill says that baby in the womb is a person", said Republican Rep. Terri Collins, the bill's sponsor, said in an interview.

For example, the Court of Appeals of Georgia refused to prosecute a woman who shot herself in the stomach to kill her unborn baby, interpreting Section 16-12-140 thus: "This statute is written in the third person, clearly indicating that at least two actors must be involved".


Sen. Rodger Smitherman speaks during a debate on HB314 in the senate chamber in the Alabama Statehouse. "When is a person a person?" "And now we have Hollywood coming in, saying, 'Listen, we want you to have our values, we'll tell you what you should do and how you should do it in your state.' I don't think they understand civics very well". The Plan B pill, for example, can prevent a pregnancy if taken shortly after sexual contact.

Senators rejected an attempt to add an exception for rape and incest. Stiller calls the legislation political and an "affront to women's rights". Vivian Davis Figures said. It's part of a broader anti-abortion strategy to prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the right to abortion. That lawsuit came after the state was forced to pay the ACLU and Planned Parenthood $1.7 million in 2016 after a law requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges was struck down by federal courts.

"The people of Georgia made their mark, made their decision, and that's what they did", he said. "We have so many other pressing issues before us that we don't give the proper time and energy to". States like Kentucky and Tennessee are also considering passing a similar bill.

Democrats fear that if the bill were to take effect it would exacerbate an already precarious health-care situation for poor women in Alabama, where just half of the state's 67 counties have an obstetrician, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "I have prayed my way through this bill".

A similar bill was signed into law in Mississippi. "Women who terminate their pregnancies would receive life in prison".

"The antiabortion carnival show now going on in the legislature is hypocritical grandstanding", Hamill said.

"So many children will end up in foster homes".

Brownlee is a freelance journalist based in Alabama.

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