The state of Alabama achieved a new landmark on Tuesday, as the state senate despite wide-spread criticism passed the bill on abortion ban. With this bill, Republicans have criminalized the women’s right over their own bodies.
The bill mandated that abortion cannot be performed, even in the cases of rape and incest. With this step, Republicans have cleared their intent of revoking judgment of Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade, which legalizes abortion in certain scenarios.
The Republican controlled senate of Alabama passed the bill on abortion ban by a majority. The senate also rejected the amendment to make rape and incest victims an exception by the vote of 25-6.
Currently the bill on abortion ban is due for the Republican Governor Kay Ivey’s signature, after which the bill would become a law. The Governor has a time of six days to sign the bill and will be effective from six months past the date it became a law.
If the doctors are found to be involved in performing abortions, then they can be detained for a period varying from 10-99 years. The bill after approval has listed abortion as a Class A felony. The only exception in the bill is when the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly” or “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother”.
Sen. Minority Leader Bobby Singleton voiced his concern against the abortion ban bill and said, “You just aborted and you raped the state of Alabama. All of you should be put in jail for this abortion that you just laid on the state of Alabama. This is just a shame. This is a disgrace. It is a travesty.”
One of the four women in Alabama senate, Democratic Vivian Davis Figures said, “You don’t have to raise that child, you don’t have to carry that child, you don’t have to provide for that child, you don’t have to do anything for that child. But yet you want to make that decision for that woman, that that’s what she has to do.”
The public gathered outside of the Senate also voiced their opinion against the bill and held the placards and wire coat hangers, which were used for causing abortions, earlier. They even chanted the slogan of “My body! My choice!”
As the bill on the abortion ban was discussed in the Senate, the debate over the bill became extremely personal over the time and with the dedicated efforts of the Republicans – women have been stripped of their basic rights. Even the doctors, who might have helped the women in making the choice, are now forced to avoid such cases so as to avoid sentences of life imprisonment.
With the impositions of such bills, the Senate and lawmakers might adversely affect their chances of re-election.