MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA/AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will now decide whether to sign legislation that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state as some conservatives seek to ignite legal fights in the hopes of getting the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the landmark 1973 decision that made the procedure legal.
The Alabama Legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to the nation’s most restrictive abortion law in the country, a measure that makes performing abortion a felony at any stage of pregnancy with almost no exceptions.
Ivey will now decide whether to sign the bill state senators voted for 25-6. It cleared the House of Representatives earlier 74-3.
Ivey spoke to reporters Wednesday morning after attending the grand opening of Hyundai’s new engine plant, and said she expects to get the bill sometime later in the day.
“I’ll certainly review the bill when it comes across my desk, we’ll review it thoroughly - the legal department, etc. And then I’ll make a final decision,” Ivey said.
Last week, the Senate chamber fell into chaos when an amendment to add exceptions in the case of rape or incest was removed in a hasty voice vote. When asked if she supported the exceptions, Ivey said “all human life is precious.”
Bill sponsor State Rep. Terri Collins said the goal is to create a court case to challenge the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Sen. Bobby Singleton, who voted against the bill, said the state should be ashamed.
Opponents say the legal fight will cost the state money. Ivey said cost shouldn’t be a deterrent.
“You certainly cannot deter your efforts to protect the unborn because of costs, even if it means going to the United States Supreme Court,” Ivey said.