MSNBC's Cevallos on Alabama Abortion Ban: Roe V. Wade 'in Jeopardy'

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Senators also rejected an attempt to add an exception for rape and incest.

Legislation to restrict abortion rights has been introduced this year in 16 states, four of whose governors have signed bills banning abortion if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected. The Republican-majority chamber adjourned in dramatic fashion when leaders tried to strip a committee amendment that would have added an exception for cases of rape or incest. The bill, which bans all abortions except for those deemed truly necessary to save the life of the mother, now awaits Republican Gov. Kay Ivey's signature.

"We want abortions to be safe, and we want them to be few, but it should be legal, because there will be abortions", she said, according to the Times. Rodger Smitherman asked what would happen under the bill to a young girl who was a victim of incest and found out she was pregnant, Chambliss said that he hoped that the bill would result in young women learning to seek physical and mental help quickly if they are abused.

"This unconstitutional measure would send women in the state back to the dark days of policymakers having control over their bodies, health and lives", the organization said in a statement.

Which states have recently passed abortion bans?

There would be no punishment for the woman receiving the abortion, only for the abortion provider.

However, several other Supreme Court decisions have been categorically overturned regardless of respective stare decisis classification; among them Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 case that established the "separate but equal" principle that was subsequently overturned in 1954 by Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

The Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 made it legal to have an abortion nationwide by prohibiting states from banning abortions prior to when the fetus is deemed "viable", that is, potentially able to live outside its mother's womb.

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States have also passed laws similar to Alabama's that ban dilation and evacuation abortions.

Missouri's Republican-led Senate is set to take up a bill to ban abortions after eight weeks, a move that comes as GOP legislatures across the USA are emboldened by the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn its landmark ruling legalizing the procedure.

Those bills point to the detection of a fetal heartbeat as the point at which an abortion is banned, but the Alabama ban goes further.

If signed into law by Ivey, the bill would take effect in six months.

Of the 27 Republicans, all white men, that dominate the 35-seat Alabama senate, 25 voted to pass the bill on Tuesday local time.

"It is important that we pass this statewide abortion ban legislation and begin a long overdue effort to directly challenge Roe v. Wade", Alabama Lieutenant Gov. "I think with the President and now Kavanaugh on the court, the politics in Alabama just feel emboldened to take this egregious swipe at women's health care".

The largest human rights defence organisation in the United States, the ACLU, promised to file a lawsuit to block its implementation, saying the vote showed "how little they (conservative lawmakers) regard bodily autonomy". But that would only kick in if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The state has lost in federal courts, which have blocked the law, but it is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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