Alabama may soon be home to the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. The state’s senate has passed along a bill, HB 314, for the governor to sign which makes almost all abortion illegal in the state.
According to the new law, doctors could be sent to prison for 99 years if they are found to have performed an abortion.
The measure does not include exceptions in the cases of rape and incest. However, it allows for exceptions in cases in which an abortion would help “avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother” and in cases in which the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.”
The governor will make her decision on whether to sign the bill in the coming days. Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey, is a pro-life Republican. If she does sign the measure, the new law will take several months to officially go into effect.