Alabama State Passes Near-Total Abortion Ban Bill



Washington: The Alabama state Senate has passed the most restrictive abortion bill in the US that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison. The state’s Republican backers have pushed the legislation, which amounts to a near-total ban on abortion in the state, forward with the express goal of overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case legalising abortion, CNN reported.  After more than four hours of debate on Tuesday night, the Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 to pass “HB 314”, which would slap doctors with up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion. The Alabama House passed the bill earlier this month. The law only allows exceptions “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother”, for ectopic pregnancy and if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly”. (IANS)