Alabama governor signed bill banning abortions after 20 weeks

On June 15, 2011, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Previously, Alabama state law permitted abortions prior to fetal viability, which usually fell between 24 and 26 weeks. In April 2011, Alabama's House of Representatives and Senate had overwhelmingly approved the bill. The bill, HB 18 [PDF], does not provide exceptions for rape or incest but does permit abortions in order to prevent death or serious injury to the mother. Alabama joined at least nine other states that have also banned abortion after twenty weeks, including Arizona and Idaho.

Read an overview of Reproductive Rights in Features.


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