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USMen cast every vote for Alabama's restrictive abortion law

15:20  16 may  2019
15:20  16 may  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Alabama Senate to vote on bill banning abortion

Alabama Senate to vote on bill banning abortion Alabama Senate to vote on bill banning abortion

Alabama just criminalized abortions – and every single yes vote was cast by a white man . By Danielle Garrand. Twenty-five members of the Alabama State Senate voted to pass the nation' s most restrictive abortion bill on Tuesday — and every single one of them were white men .

Alabama ’ s new law mandating an almost blanket ban on abortion , the strictest in the United States, was passed by this group of exclusively white, male politicians. The Alabama law will disproportionately affect black and poor women, because they are more likely to seek abortions , and less likely to have

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Twenty-five members of the Alabama State Senate voted to pass the nation's most restrictive abortion bill on Tuesday — and every single one of them were white men. On Wednesday, the state's Republican female governor, Kay Ivey, signed the bill into law.

After hours of discussion, the Senate on Tuesday passed the near-total abortion ban in a 25 to 6 vote. Of the 35 senators in the state, four are women, and they are all Democrats.

All 25 of the male senators to vote "yes" on the bill were Republicans. Of the eight Democrats in leadership, six voted "nay" on the bill -- including two female senators, Linda Coleman-Madison and Vivian Davis Figures. Three senators, two Republicans and Democrat Sen. Priscilla Dunn, did not vote or were not present for the vote. Democrat Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier abstained from voting.

Dem Senate leader on abortion vote: 'It's a sad day in Alabama'

Dem Senate leader on abortion vote: 'It's a sad day in Alabama' A Democratic Alabama lawmaker called it a sad day for the state after the state Senate approved legislation outlawing abortion, including in cases of rape and incest. "It's a sad day in Alabama; I feel like crying," state Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D) said Tuesday. "But I'm going to hold back my tears, because what you just said to my little girl is that it's OK for a man to rape you, and you've got to have his baby if you get pregnant. You just said to my little girl ... you don't matter in the state of Alabama.

WASHINGTON — Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama signed the nation’ s most restrictive abortion law on Wednesday, effectively banning the procedure in the state altogether in a move that activists hope will force a Supreme Court challenge to the nationwide right to an abortion .

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, setting up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the case that recognized a woman’ s constitutional right to end a pregnancy.

Ivey, the state's second female governor, tweeted a photo of herself signing the bill with the caption "To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God."

House Bill 314, known as the "Human Life Protection Act" prohibits abortion or attempted abortion in Alabama, except "in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother," according to the bill.

Pat Robertson: Alabama 'has gone too far' with 'extreme' abortion law

Pat Robertson: Alabama 'has gone too far' with 'extreme' abortion law Televangelist Pat Robertson, who is opposed to abortion, criticized an anti-abortion bill passed by the Alabama legislature Tuesday as "extreme.""I think Alabama has gone too far," he said during a Wednesday appearance on "The 700 Club", referencing the bill's 99-year maximum sentence for doctors who perform abortions and the fact that it does not provide exceptions for rape or incest cases. He added that he does not think the bill would be upheld by the Supreme Court. "It's an extreme law and they want to challenge Roe vs. Wade but my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose," he said.

“25 white men in Alabama , who can never get pregnant, decided that rapists’ rights are more important than the rights of the women and girls they’ve raped,” Twitter user OhNoSheTwitnt wrote. If passed into law , the bill would disproportionately affect marginalized women, particularly poor women of color who

* * * The Alabama state Senate on Tuesday will vote on a bill that will outlaw almost all types of abortions , but will first debate whether to allow exceptions for women and children impregnated by rape and incest, according to Reuters. The legislation would be the most strict anti- abortion bill in the

It criminalizes the procedure, reclassifying abortion as a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors. Attempted abortions will be reclassified as a Class C penalty. The legislation doesn't make an exceptions for victims or rape or incest.

Rep. Terri Collins, a Republican, sponsored the bill in the House, which voted 74-3 to approve it in April. All six Republican women voted for the measure.

Abortion rights advocates have promised to challenge Alabama's controversial legislation long before November, when the law is scheduled to be implemented.

Alabama's ban is just the most recent in a barrage of anti-abortion measures at state level. Last week, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law the state's so-called "fetal heartbeat" bill, legislation that will prohibit abortions after a heartbeat is detected in an embryo, which is usually about five to six weeks into a pregnancy -- before most women know they're pregnant. The state was the sixth to pass such a law, and the fourth this year alone.

Alabama governor doesn't anticipate tourism backlash over abortion law.
Alabama's governor on Monday said she doesn't expect any tourism fallout from the state's new anti-abortion law.Gov. Kay Ivey (R) told The Associated Press she expects people will still want to visit the state, despite recent protests over the law."Alabama has a lot of different variety of things to visit and enjoy and our visitors will continue to come," Ivey said. The AP asked Ivey about potential backlash after a press conference about the state's tourism industry. The law has prompted some calls on social media for a boycott of the state. In Georgia, a controversial "heartbeat" abortion bill led to a push for a boycott by Hollywood celebrities.

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