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Alabama’s proposed abortion ban approved by committee

Alabama’s proposed abortion ban approved by committee
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - An Alabama legislative committee has advanced a near total ban on abortion, but added an exception for rape and incest.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-2 Wednesday for the bill that would make it a felony to perform an abortion. The bill could be before the full Senate Thursday.

In this Tuesday, April 30, 2019 file photo, Rep. Terri Collins answers questions during debate on the abortion ban bill at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala. An attempt to outlaw abortion in Alabama is headed to a committee vote in the Alabama Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Wednesday morning, May 8, 2019, on the bill following a public hearing.  (The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File / Mickey Welsh)

In this Wednesday April 17, 2019 file photo, Bianca Cameron-Schwiesow, from left, Kari Crowe and Margeaux Hardline, dressed as handmaids, take part in a protest against HB314, the abortion ban bill, at the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Ala. An attempt to outlaw abortion in Alabama is headed to a committee vote in the Alabama Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Wednesday morning, May 8, 2019, on the bill following a public hearing.  (The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File / Mickey Welsh)

The legislation comes after four states approved abortion bans once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

The Alabama bill, which was approved by the state House last week, goes further by outlawing abortion outright.

Rep. Terri Collins said the aim is to spark a court case that could prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit legalized abortion. Collins opposed adding the rape exception.

Opponents said the ban would endanger women’s lives and the legal fight was a waste of taxpayer dollars.
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