Alabama's House of Representatives passed four abortion bills that, should they pass the majority Republican Senate, will give the state some of the strictest abortion laws in the country and make most abortions illegal.
The four bills are:
- HB489, which increases the mandatory waiting time from 24 to 48 hours
- HB490, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected
- HB 493, which bans abortions for lethal birth defects until the doctor has informed the woman about "perinatal hospice services" that are an "alternative to abortion" (maddeningly, as Planned Parenthood Southeast's vice president for public policy Nikema Williams pointed out, Alabama doesn't actually have any perinatal hospice services)
- HB494, which requires parents giving consent for their underage daughters to have abortions to provide proof that they are the girl's legal guardians.
HB490 is the most controversial bill, as fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. Democrats proposed amendments allowing exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. They were rejected, as was an amendment that would give extra funding to sex education and adoption aid.