Alabama’s near-total abortion ban to challenge Roe v. Wade could end up costing taxpayers millions, again.
Alabama state senators passed House Bill 314 in a 25-6 vote, even though a 2014 survey found only 26% of Alabamans believe abortion should be illegal in all cases.
HB314, the “Human Life Protection Act,” bans nearly all abortions in the state with no exceptions for rape or incest. The only exception is “in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.” The bill also criminalizes doctors, making performing an abortion a Class A felony, which is punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
Legislators say women will not be held criminally liable for having an abortion, but some activists are skeptical of how this will play out. The bill goes further to make any attempt to perform an abortion punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Democrats re-introduced an amendment to the bill exempting victims of rape and incest. It failed in a 11-21 vote on May 9 with the session ending dramatically. Governor Kay Ivey now has six days to sign the bill. If signed it would not take effect for another six months.