Alabama Introduces Bill to Outlaw Almost All Abortions in the State

Alabama legislators introduced the most severe abortion bill in the country on Tuesday that would ban abortions upon knowledge of pregnancy and make performing an abortion at any stage of a pregnancy a felony. The bill, HB314, would ban all abortions as soon as a woman is “known to be pregnant,” only giving exception if the pregnancy is life-threatening to the woman. However, the bill does not give exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Home tests usually cannot detect pregnancy until about two weeks following conception. The bill already has over 60 co-sponsors in the 105-member Alabama House of Representatives. In addition, the text of the bill itself compares abortion in the country to atrocities such as the Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide, and Stalin’s gulags. Rep. Terri Collins, the bill’s sponsor, stated that the bill was meant to challenge Roe v. Wade, saying “Hopefully, it takes it all the way to the Supreme Court to overturn (Roe versus Wade).” Collins noted that the bill actually uses the same language as the landmark decision, outright contradicting the Court’s rulings, which recognizes a woman’s right to an abortion until around 24 weeks. “These bans are blatantly unconstitutional and lawmakers know it […]

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