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Alabama passes bill banning abortion

May 15, 2019 4:24 pm
Pro-choice activists protested outside Alabama's state capital during the debate [SOurce: Reuters]

Alabama lawmakers have passed a bill to outlaw abortion outright in the state, set to be the strictest such US law.

The state Senate approved the law, rejecting an amendment to allow exemptions for cases of rape or incest.

It will now go to Republican Governor Kay Ivey. She has not said whether she will sign it, but she is seen as a strong opponent of abortion.

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Activists hope it will challenge a landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the US.

The bill had been passed 74-3 earlier this month in Alabama’s House of Representatives.

Abortion would only be allowed in certain circumstances to safeguard the mother’s health.

 

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