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Alabama ban on nearly all abortions in GOP governor's hands

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 file photo, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to the media in Montgomery, Ala. Alabama lawmakers have passed a near total ban on abortion. The state Senate on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, passed the bill that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony. The bill now goes to Gov. Ivey, who will decide whether to sign the legislation into law. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will now 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 the landmark 1973 decision that made the procedure legal.

The Alabama Legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to the nation’s most restrictive abortion law in the country, a measure that makes performing abortion a felony at any stage of pregnancy with almost no exceptions.

Ivey will now decide whether to sign the bill State senators voted for 25-6. It cleared the House of Representatives earlier 74-3.

State Rep. Terri Collins said the goal is to create a court case to challenge the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Sen. Bobby Singleton, who voted against the bill, said the state should be ashamed.

Kim Chandler, The Associated Press

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