Alabama sent the most restrictive abortion bill in the country to the governor’s desk Tuesday night, with the state’s Senate passing legislation that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.
The state’s Republican backers have pushed the legislation, which amounts to a near-total ban on abortion in the state, forward with the express goal of overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case legalizing abortion.
The Bill would slap doctors with up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion. The Alabama House passed the bill earlier this month.
What happens now? Republican Gov. Kay Ivey will have six days to sign the legislation, though the bill would not take effect until six months after becoming law.
Ivey has not publicly taken a stance on the bill but has previously aligned herself as anti-abortion, lamenting the courts striking down another Alabama abortion law last year.