Alabama’s new law mandating an almost blanket ban on abortion, the strictest in the United States, was passed by 25 white male politicians, all of whom are Republicans. Lawmakers approved the legislation after a debate that stretched more than four hours on Tuesday, where minority Democrats introduced a slew of amendments in an attempt to block it.
There are only four women in the Alabama senate, who are among the eight-strong Democratic party minority in the upper chamber of the state legislature. “This bill is about control,” the state senator Linda Coleman-Madison told the bill’s proponents.
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