Twenty-five Senate members of Alabama voted Tuesday to pass– and each one of them was a white man. On Wednesday, Republican State Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill.
After hours of discussion, the Senate on Tuesday passed the almost complete ban on abortion with 25 to 6 votes. Of the 35 senators in the state, four are women and they are all democrats.
All 25 male senators who voted "yes" on the bill were Republicans. Of the eight Democrats in the leadership, six voted "no" – including two senators, Linda Coleman-Madison and Vivian Davis Figures. Three Senators, two Republicans and Democratic Senator Priscilla Dunn, did not vote or were absent from the vote. Democrat Senator Malika Sanders-Fortier abstained.
Ivey, the state's second governor, tweeted a photo of herself signing the bill, a firm belief that every life is precious and that every life is a holy gift from God. "
House Bill 314, known as "Human Life" The Protection Act "prohibits abortion or abortion attempts in Alabama, except" in cases where abortion is required to avoid a serious health risk to the mother of the unborn child, "the bill says.
The trial is criminalized and abortion classified as a Class A crime, punishable by imprisonment of up to 99 years for doctors. Attempted abortions are considered a Class C penalty. The legislation does not provide exceptions for victims, rape or incest.
Rep. Terri Collins, a Republican, sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives, which was accepted in April with 74 to 3 votes. All six Republicans voted in favor of the measure.
Abortion rights advocates have pledged to challenge Alabama's controversial legislation long before November, when the law's implementation is planned.
Alabama's ban is just the most recentin a flood of anti-abortion policies at the state level. Last week, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the state's so-called "fetal heartbeat" law prohibiting abortions after a heartbeat was detected in an embryo, which is usually about five to six weeks before pregnancy. Most women know that they are pregnant. The state was the sixth to pass such a law, and the fourth alone this year.