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Why in News:

  • The Alabama Senate has passed the most restrictive abortion Bill in the U.S., which places a near-total ban on the termination of pregnancy — even in cases of rape and incest
    — and could punish doctors who perform the procedure with life in prison.

Background: / Abortion Bill in U.S:

  • Under the Bill, performing an abortion is a crime that could land doctors who perform it in prison for 10 to 99 years.
  • Abortions would only be legal if the life of the mother is in danger or the foetus has a fatal condition.
  • The largest human rights defence organisation in the United States, the ACLU, promised to file a lawsuit to block its implementation.
  • The bill makes provision for abortion under three circumstances only: “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother,” for ectopic pregnancy and if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.”
  • Way Ahead:

    • There’s no doubt that legislation like the abortion ban in Alabama is aimed at the larger goal of prohibiting abortion nationwide.
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