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Alabama Senate votes on abortion bill

The Alabama Senate has voted to opt out of allowing abortion coverage by any health insurance plan that participates in a health insurance exchange the state is supposed to set up under the federal health care law.

The bill by Republican Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper cleared the Senate 25-7 Tuesday and now goes to the House, where proponents say it has strong support.

The federal health care law allows states to opt out of allowing abortion coverage in their insurance exchanges, which would include those purchasing federally subsidized insurance and others. States are supposed to have the exchanges set up by 2014, or the federal government will provide them.

Reed said his bill shows Alabama is going to "stand for the unborn child."

Voting yes were 21 Republicans, 4 Democrats and 0 independents. Voting no were 0 Republicans, 7 Democrats and 0 independents. Not voting were 1 Republican, 1 Democrat and 1 independent. 

REPUBLICANS VOTING YES

Allen, G. (Cottondale); Beason, S. (Gardendale); Blackwell, S. (Birmingham); Brewbaker, D. (Montgomery); Brooks, B. (Mobile); Bussman, P. (Cullman); Dial, G. (Lineville); Glover, R. (Semmes); Holley, J. (Elba); Holtzclaw, B. (Madison); Marsh, D. (Anniston); McGill, S. (Woodville); Orr, A. (Decatur); Pittman, T. (Daphne); Reed, G. (Jasper); Sanford, P. (Huntsville); Scofield, C. (Guntersville); Taylor, B. (Prattville); Waggoner, J. (Vestavia Hills); Whatley, T. (Auburn); Williams, P. (Rainbow City).

REPUBLICANS VOTING NO

None.

DEMOCRATS VOTING YES

Bedford, R. (Russellville); Fielding, J. (Sylacauga); Irons, T. (Florence); Keahey, M. (Grove Hill).

DEMOCRATS VOTING NO

Beasley, B. (Clayton); Coleman, L. (Birmingham); Dunn, P. (Bessemer); Figures, V. (Mobile); Ross, Q. (Montgomery); Sanders, H. (Selma); Smitherman, R. (Birmingham).

INDEPENDENTS VOTING YES

None.

INDEPDENDENTS VOTING NO

None.

REPUBLICANS NOT VOTING

Ward, C. (Alabaster).

DEMOCRATS NOT VOTING

Singleton, B. (Greensboro).

INDEPENDENTS NOT VOTING

Smith, H.A. (Slocomb). 

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