Alabama governor signs near-total abortion ban

Alabama Governor Ivey / Source: Governor Ivey's Office

(WVLT/AP/CBS) -- The governor of Alabama has signed a near-total abortion ban.

According to CBS News, Governor Kay Ivey signed House Bill 314, which bans all abortions in the state except when "abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk."

The legislation makes no exemptions for rape or incest.

According to CBS, it criminalizes abortion as a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors. Attempted abortions will be reclassified as a Class C penalty.

Ivey released a statement saying, "To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious."

"In all meaningful respects, this bill closely resembles an abortion ban that has been a part of Alabama law for well over 100 years. As today’s bill itself recognizes, that longstanding abortion law has been rendered 'unenforceable as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade'," the statement continued.

Read the full statement here.

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