Senate delays action on abortion bill

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WTVY) -- The Alabama Senate has delayed action on a controversial abortion bill after Democrats vehemently objected the removal of an amendment creating rape and abortion exemptions.

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Democrats became outraged Thursday and the Senate chamber became chaotic, which led to the bill being tabled until next week.

The proposed law, without amendments, would only make exceptions when a mother's health is at risk.

Senator Tom Whaltey (R-Auburn) said earlier this week that, without the rape and incest exceptions, the bill would likely die in the Senate.

The measure, making it illegal to perform or attempt to perform an abortion in Alabama, will almost certainly be overturned by federal courts as have other anti-abortions bills passed in Alabama.

Pro-life supporters hope the case will ultimately be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes that Roe v. Wade will be overturned.

That 1973 landmark decision makes abortions legal.

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