UPDATE: Alabama Senate Joins Alabama House, Bans Abortion

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Pro-Abortion protesters shout slogans outside the Alabama legislative chambers as the state senate debated HB314. After wranglings, debate and even a filibuster attempt, the vote came down 25-6, sending it to Gov. Kay Ivey for a signature to become law. (AL.com photo)

AL.com – After several hours of contentious debate, the Alabama Senate tonight voted 25-6 to pass what many say will be the strictest abortion ban in the nation. The controversial abortion bill all but bans the procedure in the state.

The bill makes abortion a felony in Alabama. A similar measure already passed the Republican-controlled House but controversy erupted last week in the Senate after an attempt to add amendments that would allow exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

. . . Proponents of the measure pushed for a “clean bill” without amendments in order to clear the way to a legal fight in the U.S. Supreme Court and a review of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion.

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