Alabama lawmakers voted Tuesday night to approve what has been described as the nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion law.
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 25 to 6 in favor of a bill that would ban virtually all abortions in the state and punish doctors who perform abortions with up to 99 years in prison.
The legislation, which is expected to be signed by Governor Kay Ivey, includes an exception for when the woman’s health is at serious risk but not for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.
The approval of the bill by Alabama lawmakers is the latest in a series of anti-abortion laws enacted by conservative states.
With President Donald Trump appointing two staunch conservatives to the U.S. Supreme Court, pro-life groups are hopeful the new laws will spark legal fights that eventually lead the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth said last week he feels confident the Supreme Court will strip the constitutional right to an abortion now that Trump has “supercharged the effort to remake the federal court system by appointing conservative jurists who will strictly interpret the Constitution.”
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Dr. Leana Wen called the Alabama bill “extreme and dangerous,” claiming a state with some of the worst health outcomes for women is “putting women’s lives at an even greater risk.”
“With a record number of extreme bans on abortion and Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, our fundamental right to health care is under assault like never before,” Wen said.
“We will do whatever it takes to stop this dangerous bill so that patients can continue to access the care they need,” she added. “We are in for the fight of our lives, for our patients’ lives.”