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Alabama passes bill to outlaw abortion.

ALABAMA'S Senate has passed a near-total ban on abortion, sending what would be the US's most stringent abortion law to the state's Republican governor.

The Republicandominated Alabama Senate voted 25-6 for the bill that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison.

The only exception would be when the woman's health is at serious risk.

The measure now goes to Governor Kay Ivey, who has not said whether she supports the measure.

Supporters said the bill is intentionally designed to conflict with the US Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision legalising abortion nationally, because they hope to spark a court case that might prompt the justices to revisit abortion rights.

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Publication:Evening Express (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:May 15, 2019
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