Alabama Senate passes near total ban on abortion
MONTGOMERY, A.L. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers passed a near total ban on abortion Tuesday night, sending the bill to the governor.
If signed into law, it would be the most restrictive abortion measure in the country.
The bill now goes to Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who has not said publicly whether she supports the bill.
The proposal contains an exception for when the pregnancy creates a serious health risk for the woman, but there is no exception for rape or incest.
Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia recently approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy.