Alabama state senator introduces bill to repeal state's abortion ban

Alabama state senator introduces bill to repeal state's abortion ban
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An Alabama state senator introduced a bill Tuesday to repeal the state’s new law banning virtually all abortion procedures, the strictest abortion ban in the country.

State Sen. Vivian Figures (D), who protested the bill on the senate floor last week before it was passed, issued a statement Tuesday announcing the new bill.


“There are consequences for every decision we make as legislators, and for every vote we cast there are ramifications,” Figures said, according to a local ABC affiliate. “However, some of these effects are unintended and I truly believe this has been the case for SB314. I do not believe my Republican colleagues had any idea what the consequences for passing this bill would be.”

She noted that Alabama lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have been bombarded with phone calls from not only constituents but also from people all across the country.

She also specifically highlighted recent comments from Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Democratic challenger leads Tillis by 1 point in North Carolina poll The Memo: Can Trump run as an outsider? MORE (R-Utah) and President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE, who both said that while they oppose abortion they believe in providing exceptions in cases of rape and incest – provisions not included in the Alabama law.

“I felt that the least I could do was to offer a bill to repeal HB314 with the hopes that it would help to heal some of the wounds that my Republican brothers and sisters have inflicted on the great state of Alabama,” Figures said. “Unfortunately this bill is serving as a detriment to the entire state of Alabama in terms of revenues and in terms of healthcare, particularly for women.”

Figures's bill aiming to repeal the law comes amid a flurry of backlash from Democratic lawmakers and Hollywood celebrities, many of whom have vowed to boycott the state over the law.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has defended her decision to sign the bill into law, saying she doesn’t expect a decrease in the state’s tourism over the new ban.

"Alabama has a lot of different variety of things to visit and enjoy and our visitors will continue to come," Ivey told The Associated Press on Monday. 

Figures said she disagrees.

“I have heard from people all over the country saying they planned a vacation to Alabama’s beautiful beaches, but when this extreme abortion ban was signed into law, they immediately canceled those plans,” she said. “If we care about the future and well-being of our state, this law must be repealed.”