Alabama House to vote on abortion ban next week

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Abortion opponents stand outside the Jackson Women’s Health Organization clinic, right, while construction on a hotel, background, continues in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. The clinic is the only medical facility that performs abortions in the state. The state legislature recently passed a law that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is […]

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers next week will debate one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation.
    
The House Rules Committee put the bill on the House of Representatives’ debate schedule for Tuesday. The measure would make performing an abortion a felony with almost no exceptions.
    
The legislation is purposely designed to directly conflict with the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion and certain to be enjoined by lower courts.
    
Emboldened by new conservatives on the court, abortion opponents say their goal is to spark a court case that could lead the Supreme Court to revisit abortion rights.
    
The legislation contains an exemption for the mother’s health, but not for rape and incest.

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