Alabama 'has gone too far' with 'extreme' abortion bill, Pat Robertson says

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The Republican-controlled Alabama Senate also defeated a Democratic amendment that would have allowed legal abortions for women and girls impregnated by rape and incest.

Alabama legislators have given final approval to a ban on almost all abortions, and if the Republican governor signs the measure, the state will have the strictest abortion law in the country. "They love to champion themselves as defenders of children by fighting to make abortion illegal, but when it comes to education, health care and other concerns, especially of our most vulnerable children, wealthier Alabamians and the Legislature couldn't care less". Collins said that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, she would support a rape and incest exception.

Michigan's Republican-led Legislature is poised to vote to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, pushing ahead with legislation that would likely be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. I'm furious, I'm outraged, I want to scream "I told you so" at the men who told me I was being "dramatic" about the threat of women's rights under a Trump presidency.

"The strategy here is that we will win", says Alabama Pro-Life Coalition President Eric Johnston, who helped craft the Alabama abortion ban.

The woman who receives an abortion will not be criminally liable.

Abortions would be legal only if the life of the mother is in danger or the fetus has a fatal condition.

"We made women of Alabama the model of the new Roe v. Wade", Singleton continued.

Alabama state lawmakers also compare abortions in the U.S.to the Holocaust and other modern genocides in the legislation, prompting Jewish activists and abortion rights groups to rebuke the legislation as "deeply offensive".

Supporters said the bill is intentionally created to conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationally, because they hope to spark a court case that might prompt the justices to revisit abortion rights.

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The Alabama bill goes further than other legislation introduced by Republicans in 14 states seeking to restrict abortions.

The bill was previously approved by the Alabama House of Representatives.

And that, depressingly, is the text of a bill that only six people in the Alabaman State Senate thought worthy of voting against.

If the Supreme Court's conservatives truly relish a fight over Roe v Wade, Alabama has only a governor's signature in the way of one.

"Human life has rights, and when someone takes those rights, that's when we as government have to step in", said Republican Clyde Chambliss, the Senate sponsor of the abortion ban.

The ban - in what was widely viewed as the one real dispute in its passage - does not include exceptions for rape or incest because lawmakers wanted to preserve the most stringent restrictions before the Supreme Court, according to AL.com.

Critics have promised a swift lawsuit to challenge the ban if enacted.

Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood, said: "At Planned Parenthood we will do whatever it takes to stop these unsafe bans so that our patients can continue to access the care they need, ".

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