Ala. lawmakers pass bill making abortion a felony; Gov. Kay Ivey defends it | 5/15/2019 | Staff
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A bill that would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion in Alabama was defended Wednesday by Gov. Kay Ivey after the state’s Senate voted to pass what many say will be the strictest abortion ban in the nation.

If the bill becomes law, it would be a Class A felony for a doctor to perform an abortion and a Class C felony for attempting to perform an abortion in six months. The only exemption under the bill is if there is a serious health risk to the mother. There is no exception in the bill for victims of rape or incest.

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The fate of the controversial bill, which was passed 25-6 in the Senate on Tuesday night and passed earlier by the Alabama House, now rests in the hands of Ivey, who told reporters Wednesday morning that “all human life is precious” when asked about victims of rape and incest being forced to carry their babies to term.

The measure, which was designed to challenge and overturn Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court, is expected to trigger a costly legal battle for the state. Even though she won’t make a decision on the bill before she has a chance to review it late Wednesday, Ivey said defending the unborn shouldn’t be limited by cost.

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“You certainly cannot deter your efforts to protect the unborn because of cost, even if it means going to the United States Supreme Court,” she said.

Live Action founder and President Lila Rose celebrated the anti-abortion crusade on Wednesday as “inspiring.”

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