The Alabama state Senate on Thursday passed what reproductive rights groups have warned would become the nation’s strictest abortion law, a bill that would effectively ban nearly all abortions in the state.The Human Life Protection Act would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion. The act would be punishable by at least 10 years in prison. The bill does not include exceptions for rape or incest; abortions would be permitted only if the pregnant woman’s life were in danger.The state House passed the bill last week, and it will now go to the desk of Gov. Kay Ivey (R), who has not made it clear whether she intends to sign it into law.
The bill will likely face a legal battle. Similar abortion restrictions have spent years mired in the courts.
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