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FLASH: Alabama Life Bill Signed By Governor Kay Ivey

Alabama Abortion Bill

FLASH UPDATE: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey did not take the six days she had to sign the bill enacting the nation's most principled pro-life legislation. Now that the bill is law, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood say they'll sue, and a court battle is just what the bill's supporters want. Bill author Rep. Terri Collins earlier said that she expects a legal challenge and hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold protections for the unborn.

Our friends at LifeSiteNews have informed us that Alabama legislators have approved one of the most expansive pro-life bills yet on a 25-6 vote. The bill now heads to pro-life Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican for signature. The legislation will take effect six months after Governor Ivey gives the bill her signature unless a court stops it. The Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted 74-3 in favor of the proposal.

Steven Ertelt reports House Bill 314, sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, would make an abortion and attempted abortion a felony. Exceptions would be allowed if the mother’s life is at risk. Mothers would not be punished for having an abortion under the legislation, which would make killing a baby in an abortion a Class A felony — punishable by life or 10 to 99 years in prison for abortionists who kill them.

Although abortion activists claim the bill targets women, the language of the bill makes it clear that’s not the case: “This bill would provide that a woman who receives an abortion will not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable for receiving the abortion,” reports Mr. Ertlet.

Amidst multiple hours of debate after 4:00 p.m., the Senate rejected an amendment that would have added exceptions for rape and incest by a 21-11 vote. View that roll call vote here.

This means the Senate passed the bill “cleanly” exactly as it was passed by the House. HB 314 bans all abortion except when the life of the mother is in danger. The legislation criminalizes performing abortions, with performing an abortion becoming a Class A felony and attempting to perform an abortion becoming a Class C felony.

State Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) told reporters on Tuesday that senators have received death threats over HB 314, which is why some members were provided personal security details for the day.

Governor Ivey has not said if she will sign or veto the bill. A gubernatorial veto could be overridden by a simple majority in both legislative chambers.

Rep. Collins, the author of the bill, said the U.S. Supreme Court was wrong in Roe v. Wade, and unborn babies deserve a right to life.

“Just last year, roughly 60 percent of voters across the state ratified a constitutional amendment declaring Alabama as a pro-life state, and this legislation is the next logical step in the fight to protect unborn life,” she said, WDHN 18 reports.

Celebrities and Democratic presidential candidates predictably went nuts, with TV star Busy Phillips claiming 1 in 4 women have had an abortion and Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand competing to post the most outrage in a 164-character tweet:

@SenGillibrand:

Alabama just passed a near-total ban on abortion.
No exceptions for rape or incest.
Doctors could face 99 years in prison for providing abortions.
This is a war on women, and it is time to fight like hell.

@KamalaHarris:

Outrageous news coming out of Alabama. This law would effectively ban abortions in the state and criminalize doctors for doing their jobs - providing health care to women.

@ewarren:

This ban is dangerous and exceptionally cruel—and the bill’s authors want to use it to overturn Roe v. Wade. I've lived in that America and let me tell you: We are not going back—not now, not ever. We will fight this. And we will win.

CNN reports Governor Ivey has six days to sign the bill. If she does, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood say they'll sue, and a court battle is just what the bill's supporters want. Mr. Ertlet of LifeSiteNews reported Rep. Collins earlier told the Times Daily that she expects a legal challenge and hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold protections for the unborn.

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