Alabama Poised to Put New Rules on Abortions

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By Alabama News Network

The Alabama Legislature is poised to tighten regulations for girls under 18 seeking abortions, but a bill that would ban most abortions in the state appears dead.


The Senate voted 28-5 Thursday for a revised version of the bill setting new regulations for minors seeking abortions and then sent it back to the House for review. It requires that an adult approving an abortion for a young girl must present proof of parentage, such as a birth certificate.


The Senate approved a work agenda for its final meeting day that did not include a House-passed bill that would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.


Senate leaders say similar laws in North Dakota and Arkansas are being challenged in court, and they want to wait on rulings.


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