Alabama GOP lawmaker files bill that would ban nearly all abortions

Alabama state Rep. Terri Collins (R) on Tuesday filed a bill that would ban nearly all abortion in the state. 

“It simply criminalizes abortion,” Collins told The Montgomery Advertiser when describing her measure to prohibit most women from having an abortion unless her life was in danger. 

Collins told the newspaper that she hopes the legislation, if passed, would prompt a legal challenge.

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“It is meant to actually use some of the same language addressed in Roe v. Wade. So hopefully it completely takes it all the way to the Supreme Court, eventually to overturn it," she said. 

Collins' bill, known as HB314, would prevent women from undergoing an abortion once the fetus is “in utero." Al.com noted that the bill would prohibit abortions beginning two weeks after conception. Under the measure, performing an abortion would result in a Class A felony, which could result in between 10 and 99 years in prison. The act of attempting to perform an abortion would be viewed as a Class C felony. 

While the bill would let women receive an abortion if they had a "serious health risk," the legislation does not address cases of sexual assault or incest. 

“The point is it acknowledges there is a baby, there is a person there,” Collins said. “Under Alabama law right now, that baby, that presence, is already acknowledged under current law.”

The Montgomery Advertiser reported that the measure has 66 co-sponsors in the House. Alabama state Sen. Greg Albritton (R) filed a similar bill in the upper chamber. 

The bill compares abortion in the U.S. to events such as the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide, The Montgomery Advertiser reported. 

“All of these are widely acknowledged to have been crimes against humanity,” the bill states. “By comparison, more than 50 million babies have been aborted in the United States since the Roe decision in 1973, more than three times the number who were killed in German death camps, Chinese purges, Stalin's gulags, Cambodian killing fields, and the Rwandan genocide combined.”

The ACLU of Alabama told Al.com that the bill would fail, adding that attempts to restrict access to abortion in the South have "been unsuccessful and have been enjoined by the federal courts and will continue to be enjoined the federal courts.”