On Tuesday, Republican dominated Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill banning abortions in the state.
Out of 77, only three lawmakers voted against the measure.
Republican State Rep. Terri Collins, a key sponsor of the measure, said that the bill is intended to go all the way to Supreme Court and challenge the landmark case Roe v. Wade – in 1973 this resulted in nationwide legalization of abortion.
If passed, the bill would criminalize abortions, with exceptions if health or life of the pregnant woman is at risk.
It would also make it a Class C felony for a doctor to perform the procedure.
While Democrat lawmakers attempted to make amendments to the bill, such as including exceptions for rape or incest, Collins said none would be accepted due to the fact that she wants the bill to be used to overturn Roe v. Wade
“We decided it was time to address the actual issue, which was ‘do we want to allow abortion in our country’ and maybe ask the Supreme Court to revisit their decision so long ago with so little technology we have right now,” Collins told AL.com, a local newspaper.
During the emotional 2 hour debate, Republican Rep. Rich Wingo, a supporter of the bill read statistics that estimated that there have been 60 million abortions since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision – equal to 20% of the US population.
“I believe this chamber, this body, will never make a greater decision than today… protecting the life of an unborn child,” Wingo said.