Outcry after Alabama Senate bill bans almost all abortions

May 15, 2019, 2:02 AM EDT
(Source: Steve Rainwater/flickr)
(Source: Steve Rainwater/flickr)

Alabama’s Republican-controlled state Senate has passed a bill placing the strictest-in-the-nation ban on abortion and outlawing the procedure at any stage of pregnancy with no exception for rape or incest.

The bill, passed by a vote of 25-6, will now be headed to Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who is known to be a staunch opponent of abortion, writes the BBC. If the bill is approved, the doctor who performs the abortion could face 10 to 99 years in prison while women would not face criminal penalties.

Women rights group vehemently opposed the legislation, alleging that the move is designed to score political points for anti-abortion candidates in upcoming elections. The opponents of the bill,   including the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, have vowed to challenge the “unconstitutional ban” in the court, hoping that it would fail to accord with a landmark 1973 Supreme Court verdict that legalized abortion in the U.S., notes The Guardian.