Twenty-five members of the Alabama State Senate voted toon Tuesday – and every single one of them were white men. On Wednesday, the state's Republican female governor, Kay Ivey, signed the bill into law.
After hours of discussion, the Senate on Tuesday passed the near-total abortion in a 25 to 6 vote. Of the 35 senators in the state, four are women, and they are all Democrats.
All of the male senators to vote "yes" on the bill were Republicans. Of the eight Democrats in leadership, six voted "nay" on the bill ̵
Ivey, the state's second female governor, tweeted a photo of herself signing the bill with the caption "deeply held up to Alabamians" that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God. "
House Bill 314, known as the "Human Life Protection Act "prohibits abortion or attempted abortion in Alabama, except" in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother, "according to the bill.
It criminalizes the procedure, reclassifying abortion as a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors. Attempted abortions will be classified as a Class C penalty. The legislation makes use of exceptions for victims or rape or incest.
Rep. Terri Collins, a Republican, sponsored the bill in the House, which voted 74-3 to approve it in April. All six republican women voted for the measure
Abortion rights advocates have promised to challenge Alabama's controversial legislation long before November, when the law is scheduled to be implemented
Alabama's ban is just the most] in a barrage of anti-abortion measures at state level. Last week, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law the state's so-called "fetal heartbeat" bill, which will prohibit abortions after a heartbeat is detected in an embryo, which is usually about five to six weeks into a pregnancy – pregnant. The state was the sixth to pass, a law, and the fourth this year alone.