The alabama senate has approved a measure that is among the most aggressive efforts to curb abortion in decades — setting up a direct challenge to roe v. wade, the 1973 supreme court case that recognized a woman’s right to abortion. the proposal bans abortions at every stage of pregnancy, from conception on, and threatens doctors who perform the procedure with up to 99 years in prison. it includes an exception for cases when the mother’s life is at serious risk but not for r**e or incest. the measure now moves to the desk of governor kay ivey, a republican, who is expected to sign it into law. opponents will likely challenge the measure in federal court — but that’s exactly the plan. along with the long list of abortion limits being weighed in other places, the architects of the alabama measure are aiming for the supreme court, where conservatives have been buoyed by the arrival of justice brett m. kavanaugh.
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