Alabama abortion ban: Republican senate passes most restrictive law in US

Law bans abortion except if there is a ‘serious health risk’ to the mother, with no exceptions for rape and incest.

The bill is part of a trend across the US in which Republican-controlled states are attempting to put new restrictions on abortion, gambling that they will fare better in the courts following the confirmation of new federal judges and supreme court justices picked by the Trump administration.

Opponents predict the legislation will drive doctors to leave Alabama, which already has some of the highest rates of infant mortality and cervical cancer.

Outside the Alabama statehouse, protesters wore costumes from The Handmaid’s Tale and carried signs, one reading: “Alabama does not own me.”

Source: Alabama abortion ban: Republican senate passes most restrictive law in US | US news | The Guardian

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