Alabama politicians voted 74 to 3 on Tuesday to pass the “Human Life Protection Act” which is a legislation that’s a “direct charge” on Roe v Wade’s 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion.
HB 314 doesn’t make exceptions for victims of assault or incest, and ending a pregnancy would be a Class A felony and it will carry a maximum prison sentence of 99 years for the doctors that would perform the procedure. Even attempted abortion would be illegal, and it would be punishable with a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
CBS News reports that nearly all Democratic members of the House walked out of the chamber in protest during the vote after an amendment that would have added an exception for assault victims was tabled.
Another proposed amendment that would see the salaries of all Alabama lawmakers who vote in favor of the bill being used to fund subsequent lawsuits opposing the ban were also rejected, and all Republican members of the House voted in favor of the bill except for two.
The bill’s sponsor, Representative Terri Collins, said prior to the vote that the heart of the bill is to confront a decision that was made by the courts in 1973 and said that the baby in the womb is not a person.
In addition to proposing a ban on all abortions, the legislation also includes offensive language that compares the number of lives lost in the Holocaust to the number of abortions that have occurred since Roe v Wade.
HB 314 will now move to the Senate, where Alabama Republicans also hold a majority.