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Alabama state Democrat says near-total abortion bill passage 'raped women last night'

Bill makes no exceptions for rape, incest

Ala. Senate OKs near-total abortion ban

(CNN) - A Democratic state senator from Alabama equated a state bill that would ban abortion with no exceptions for rape and incest to the rape of Alabama women.

A day after the Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 to pass HB 314, state Sen. Bobby Singleton told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day" Wednesday, "I think that we raped women last night."

"We made women of Alabama the model of the new Roe v. Wade. I think that this is just a horrible bill," Singleton continued.

The bill would punish doctors who perform abortions with up to 99 years in prison and does not allow exceptions for cases of rape and incest -- making it the most restrictive abortion bill in the country.

"I hate to think the fact that if someone would rape my daughter at 12 years old ... that is just sad to tell my daughter that she had to carry that baby for nine months here in the state of Alabama and look that rapist in the face for the rest of her life. I just couldn't take it as a father, so I had to speak up for women all over the country, for the women in the state of Alabama because this was just wrong," said Singleton, who voted against the bill.

HB 314 now goes to the desk of Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, who has six days to sign the bill. Ivey has not publicly taken a stance on the bill but has previously aligned herself as anti-abortion rights.

The bill's Republican sponsors said the intent of the legislation is to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case legalizing abortion.

Singleton said on CNN's "New Day" Wednesday that Alabama does not have the money to fight expected legal challenges to the bill. He pleaded with Ivey to veto the bill or introduce an executive amendment to the bill allowing exemptions for rape and incest.

Alabama's Senate and House, however, have a large enough Republican majority to override a governor's veto. The bill would not take effect until six months after becoming law.

CNN's Caroline Kelly contributed to this report.


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