"It is important that we pass this statewide abortion ban legislation and begin a long overdue effort to directly challenge Roe v. Wade", Alabama Lieutenant Gov.
The vote was 25-6, with one abstention.
However, rape in the second degree is considered a Class B felony, punishable by 20 years or less, meaning that if a rapist were to be found guilty of second-degree rape, the maximum sentence would be almost 80 years less than the maximum sentence imposed on doctors who have carried out an abortion, including in cases involving the rape of a child. Under the bill, women seeking or undergoing abortions wouldn't be punished.
No one can say for certain whether the conservative majority on the US Supreme Court is willing to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that guaranteed the right of women to receive an abortion.
Supporters say the Alabama bill is intentionally created to conflict with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationally in hopes of sparking a court case that might prompt the justices to revisit abortion rights.
The amendment has divided Republicans. Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth was a staunch supporter of the bill, remarking "Abortion is murder, [.] Those three simple words sum up my position on an issue that many falsely claim is a complex one".
Democrats didn't have the votes to stop the bill but tried to slow down proceedings during the debate.
Senator Singleton added: "You don't care anything about babies having babies in this state, being raped and incest".
The measure now goes to Governor Kay Ivey, who has not said whether she supports the measure.
Abortion opponents, meanwhile, were elated. Collins said of the bill after approval.
"This bill will not take effect anytime in the near future, and abortion will remain a safe, legal medical procedure at all clinics in Alabama", the organization tweeted Tuesday night, along with a map showing clinic locations in the state. Actress Milla Jovovich reacted by sharing her "horrific" abortion experience, while the likes of Sarah Silverman, Jameela Jamil and Ava DuVernay slammed Alabama's legislation on social media.
The Alabama bill goes further, restricting all abortions and making it a felony to perform the procedure.
According to AL.com, "In 2016 the state paid the ACLU and Planned Parenthood $1.7 million after a law was passed requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges was struck down as unconstitutional". Similar bans gained traction after the confirmation of the conservative-leaning supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh in October. Alabama lawmakers have passed a near total ban on abortion.
"It's hard to see Chief Justice [John] Roberts saying that this law is OK", she said.
So states are pushing the envelope.
Alabama follows a handful of states that have recently enacted laws banning abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually as early as six weeks. Right after designating the Constitution supreme law, Article VI provides that "the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby".