MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — An Alabama State House committee advanced one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation and heard directly from Alabamians about the bill Wednesday.
The committee heard from a total of 14 people on a bill that would essentially outlaw abortions in the state.
It was a packed room with people for and against Alabama’s near-total ban on abortions.
If passed, the measure would make performing an abortion a felony, a controversial measure.
“When I was a senior in high school, I chose to have an abortion,” Jenna King Sheppard said.
Another speaker shared her personal struggle.
“Today looking at my beautiful, unique artistic 14-year-old daughter, I could barely fathom how she might have been erased from existence if I had followed our culture’s advice,” Rachel Bryars said.
Rep. Terri Collins, the sponsor of the bill, said she’s prepared for the legal fight ahead.
“I think fighting to overturn what I believe was a bad decision, that allows people to kill children is worth a fight,” Collins said.
The Alabama ACLU said they plan to fight this bill in court.
“Alabama taxpayers are front-loading (the) bill because there are consequences every time you pass an unconstitutional bill,” said Randell Marshall, Alabama ACLU executive director.
The bill now heads to the full house for a vote.