Alabama Senate approves restrictive abortion ban

The ban makes any abortions a felony for the doctor who performs them and does not provide exemptions for cases of rape or incest.
2:09 | 05/15/19

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Transcript for Alabama Senate approves restrictive abortion ban
That breaking news Alabama lawmakers passing what could become the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Steve osunsami has the details. A battle brewing that could go all the way to the supreme court. Good morning. Reporter: That's right, robin. The legal challenges for this law and others like it are promised. Abortion would be criminalized in Alabama, made a felony and the way the law is written, it would punish doctors who perform them with up to 99 years in prison. The only exception would be if the mother's life were in danger. House bill 314 passes. Reporter: The nation's most restrictive anti-abortion measure outlawing abortion in almost every case including rape or incest and this morning it heads to Alabama's anti-abortion governor for her signature and she is expected to sign it. I apologize to the women of Alabama for this archaic law we passed. Reporter: It was passed by a veto proof majority mostly men and fought so bitterly at one point the debate had to be suspended. Excuse me. He did not make a motion. He did not -- Reporter: The long game is the U.S. Supreme court hoping that odds are now better that today's highest court will overturn the 1973 decision of roe versus wade which legalized abortion nationwide. We are trying to keep it just as it was was to acrease the issue that roe versus wade was decided on, which is, is that baby in the womb a person? Reporter: Outraged women have been stalking lawmakers dressed as handmaids channeling the television drama in protest. In "The handmaid's tale" it is all about women's autonomy because women have been pretty much treated like breeding factories and we believe this is what laws like this do. Reporter: This latest battle over abortion is sweeping across several states including this one, Kentucky, Ohio and others that have passed heartbeat laws essentially banning abortion at about six weeks which critics say is before many women even know they're pregnant and essentially bans abortion altogether.

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