UPDATE: Alabama governor signs near-total abortion ban

Posted at 10:33 AM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 18:22:11-04

UPDATE (3 p.m.) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed the measure.


(10:33 a.m.) – The Alabama State Senate approved a bill Tuesday to outlaw nearly all abortions in the state.

According to the measure, a doctor performing an abortion at nearly any stage of pregnancy could be charged with a felony and face 99 years in prison.

There is one exception, though, and that’s for serious health risks to the mother.

Critics say the bill is unconstitutional, while supporters hope the case will wind up in the Supreme Court.

Alabama’s Republican Governor will now have six days to sign the legislation.

Alabama is not the only state considering abortion restrictions. Seven other states have already passed new laws.