Shouting, Chaos in Alabama Senate After Rape, Incest Exceptions Stripped From Abortion Bill

(NBC) Alabama lawmakers on Thursday postponed a vote on a proposed abortion ban after anger erupted in the state Senate when some Republicans stripped an exception for rape and incest from the bill.

Shouting broke among senators when the exemption for rape and incest was removed without a roll call vote. Democrats and some Republicans objected to the change to the bill, which would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony, being gaveled through quickly.

“You’ve got 27 men over on the other side ready to tell women what they can do with their bodies,” Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton said. “You don’t have to procedurally just try to railroad us.” …

Republican State Rep. Terri Collins, the sponsor of the bill, objected to an exception for rape and incest, saying any exceptions could hurt the goal of creating a court case to weigh whether embryos and fetuses are people with rights of personhood.

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