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Ala. Legislature sets stricter abortion standards

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A bill placing stricter regulations on abortion clinics in Alabama is heading to the Governor's desk.  The House of Representatives voted late Tuesday night to pass the bill, following a 22-10 Senate vote to approve the Women's Health and Safety Act.

It is a slightly different version of the bill passed by the House in February, which is why it had to return to the House.
The Senate's vote was largely along party lines, with support mostly from Republicans and opposition mostly from Democrats.

The bill requires abortion clinics to use doctors who have approval to admit patients to hospitals in the same city.

It also sets stricter building requirements, including wider halls and better fire suppression systems.
Proponents say it will make abortions safer.

"I have a long record of being against abortion, but the federal courts the federal governments says that it's legal," said Sen. Scott Beason, (R) of Gardendale. We just want to make sure it's as safe as possible."

Opponents say most of Alabama's licensed clinics can't meet the requirements and say the intent of the bill is to end abortions in the state.
 

HOW THEY VOTED

Voting yes were 21 Republicans and 1 Democrat.
Voting no were 0 Republicans and 9 Democrats.
Not voting were 2 Republicans and 1 Democrat.  

REPUBLICANS VOTING YES  

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

REPUBLICANS VOTING NO  

None.  

DEMOCRATS VOTING YES  

Bedford, R. (Russellville).  

DEMOCRATS VOTING NO
 
Beasley, B. (Clayton); Coleman, L. (Birmingham); Dunn, P. (Bessemer); Figures, V. (Mobile); Irons, T. (Florence); Keahey, M. (Grove Hill); Sanders, H. (Selma); Singleton, B. (Greensboro); Smitherman, R. (Birmingham).  

REPUBLICANS NOT VOTING
 
Sanford, P. (Huntsville); Whatley, T. (Auburn).  

DEMOCRATS NOT VOTING
 
Ross, Q. (Montgomery).  

INDEPENDENT VOTING NO

Smith, H.A. (Slocomb)
 

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