US: Alabama passes law making abortion nearly illegal

FILES-US-POLITICS-JUSTICE-ABORTION [File] Pro-choice activists hold signs alongside anti-abortion activists participating in the "March for Life," an annual event to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the US, outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC | AFP

Alabama's Republican law-makers and supporters have pushed the legislation to pass a bill, which amounts to a near-total ban on abortion in the state. The state voted to pass HB 314, which would sentence doctors slap with up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion.

An abortion may be performed only to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother," for ectopic pregnancy and if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly." The Governor still has six more days to sign the bill and turn it into a law. Opponents have vowed to seek to make amendments to the law.

The National Organization for Women called the bill "unconstitutional" and said its passage would "send women in the state back to the dark days of policymakers having control over their bodies, health, and lives." Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates said in a statement that it was "a dark day for women in Alabama and across this country." "Alabama politicians will forever live in infamy for this vote."