UPDATE: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into law Wednesday afternoon.
The Alabama State Senate passes legislation banning nearly all abortions as the nationwide debate continues to spark contention across the country.
The state’s upper chamber passed the bill overwhelming Tuesday night in a 25 to 6 vote with one abstention.
The bill, if signed into law, would outlaw abortion across the state only allowing for exemptions if the mother’s life is in danger or there is a lethal fetal anomaly.
The legislation does not allow abortion for rape or incest cases and prohibits the act during any stage during the pregnancy.
Doctors found guilty of performing an abortion could face up to 99 years behind bars.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will decide whether to sign legislation that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state as some conservatives seek to ignite legal fights in the hopes of getting the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade. https://t.co/0eL9G1suK6
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 15, 2019
This comes just weeks after the Alabama State House passed the bill in an overwhelming 74 to 3 vote.
The vote was held largely along partisan lines with only two GOP lawmakers who did not participate in the vote.
Ivey signed the bill Wednesday, which will take effect in six months.
BREAKING: The Alabama state Senate has voted to ban nearly all abortions, the bill now goes to Governor Kay Ivey to be signed into law
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 15, 2019