MSNBC's Cevallos on Alabama Abortion Ban: Roe V. Wade 'in Jeopardy'

MSNBC's Cevallos on Alabama Abortion Ban: Roe V. Wade 'in Jeopardy'

MSNBC's Cevallos on Alabama Abortion Ban: Roe V. Wade 'in Jeopardy'

HB 314 passed in Alabama's Republican-led Senate with a 25-6 vote, with all those in favor being white male GOP members.

Under the laws, doctors could face 99 years in prison for carrying out an abortion, and 10 years for attempting to terminate a pregnancy.

Laura Stiller hands out coat hangers outside the Alabama State House as she talks about illegal abortions during a protest rally.

Alabama senators rejected an attempt to add an exception for rape and incest.

Democratic Senator Vivian Davis Figures, in fighting the bill, asked Chambliss to at least consider exceptions for rape and incest. But the drafters of the Alabama bill think by having no threshold other than if a woman is pregnant, their law might be the one ripe for Supreme Court review.

Much like an earlier iteration of the debate, the Tuesday discussion of the bill turned deeply personal, touching on different views of God and an individual experience of one of the lawmakers.

The abortion legislation, the strictest of its kind in the country, is one of several recent abortion restrictions enacted at the state level designed as a direct challenge to Roe v Wade, the supreme court ruling that legalized abortion across the U.S. four and a half decades ago. Though Ivey has made her stance on abortion clear in the past (she's vehemently anti-abortion), she hasn't signaled yet whether she plans to sign the bill or not.

The lopsided vote in the legislature suggests a veto could be easily overcome.

The governor has not commented on the legislation, but is generally a staunch opponent of abortion. Writing for the left-of-center The Daily Beast, Jay Michaelson noted: "T$3 he same logic applied in Hyatt would overturn not only Roe v. Wade but also the court's precedent on same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges". "Is that baby in the womb a person?" I don't know how not to growl while reading articles and Twitter takes about the Alabama abortion law.

The bill's sponsor and other supporters had argued exemptions would weaken their hope of creating a vehicle to challenge Roe.

But if Governor Ivey refrained from signing the bill for any reason-it's possible that she'll take issue with the lack of exception for rape or incest-what would happen?

The state lawmaker called the bill a "direct attack" on Roe v. Wade and anticipates that the bill will be contested by abortion rights advocates, like the ACLU, and potentially make its way to the high court. "We aimed for language that addresses the language of Roe v. Wade".

The bills would prohibit physicians from performing a dilation and evacuation abortion except to save a woman's life.

The Supreme Court later this year is also set to act on a bid by Louisiana to revive restrictions on doctors who perform abortions, requiring that they have hospital admitting privileges. The American Civil Liberties Union is among the groups vowing to sue to stop the law, saying it violates a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

Those bills point to the detection of a fetal heartbeat as the point at which an abortion is banned, but the Alabama ban goes further.

During debate, Mr Singleton pointed out and named rape victims watching from the Senate viewing gallery.

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