Twenty-five members of the Alabama State Senate voted toon Tuesday – and each was white men. On Wednesday, Republican female governor Kay Ivey signed the bill.
After discussion negotiations, the Senate on Tuesday passed the almost total abortion ban by 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" to the bill were Republicans. Of the eight Democrats in leadership, six voted for zero on the bill – including two female senators, Linda Coleman-Madison and Vivian Davis Figures. Three senators, two Republicans and Democrats. Priscilla Dunn did not vote or was not present at the vote. The Democrat's later Malika Sanders-Fortier abstained from voting.
Ivey, the state's second female governor, tweeted a photo of herself who signed the bill entitled "To the many supporters of the bill, this legislation as a powerful will against the Alabama" deeply convinced that every life is precious and that every life is one holy gift from God. "
House Bill 314, known as "Human Life Protection Law" prohibits abortion or attempt to abortion in Alabama, except "in cases where abortion is necessary to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother", according to the bill.
It criminalizes the procedure, reclassification of abortion as a class A crime, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors Attempted abortions will be reclassified as a C penal punishment. The law does not provide exceptions for victims or rape or incest.
Rep. Terri Collins, a Republican, spon pledged the bill in the House, which voted 74-3 to approve it in April. All six Republican women voted for the action.
Prohibition of abortion rights has promised to challenge Alabama's controversial law well before November, when the law is scheduled to be implemented.
Alabama's ban is just the most] in a state of anti-abortion barring. Last week, Georgia's Chief Executive Brian Kemp signed the state's so-called "fetal heartbeat", legislation banning abortion after a heartbeat has been detected in an embryo, which is usually about five to six weeks in a pregnancy – before most women know they are pregnant. The state was the sixth that passed such a law, and the fourth this year alone.