Sen. Doug Jones: Alabama abortion bill 'unconstitutional and shameful'

Sen. Doug Jones: Alabama abortion bill 'unconstitutional and shameful'
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Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) spoke out against his state’s passage Tuesday of the country’s most restrictive abortion bill, calling it “unconstitutional and shameful.”

“I refuse to believe that these Republican men represent the views of most Alabamians. Their action is both unconstitutional and shameful,” Jones said on Twitter, referencing the 25-6 majority that passed the bill in the state senate Tuesday. “The people of Alabama deserve to be on the #rightsideofhistory - not the side of extremists. Women deserve better.”

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The legislation would ban abortions in almost all instances, including in cases of rape and incest, making an exception only where the life of the mother is in danger. Anyone performing an abortion could face up to 99 years in prison. Many of the legislation’s proponents have said they hope to set up a Supreme Court fight in which the high court’s conservative majority revisits the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Jones, who won a special election in 2017 to complete then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsA better way to run the Federal Bureau of Prisons Trump admin erases key environmental enforcement tool DOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda MORE’ term, is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent Senate Democrats in 2020.

Several of Jones’ Senate colleagues have spoken out against the measure, particularly presidential candidates, with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (D-Calif.), invoking Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate Gillibrand unveils mental health plan MORE (D-N.Y.) calling it part of a “war on women.”

Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has not yet indicated whether she will sign the bill.