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Bobby Singleton, Alabama state senator, slams abortion bill: ‘I had to speak up for women’

May 15, 2019

Alabama state Sen. Bobby Singleton said Wednesday he felt compelled to “speak up for women” and challenge a near-total abortion ban, which ended up passing.

“I would hate to think if someone were to rape my daughter ... it’s sad to tell my daughter she had to carry that baby for nine months 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 women in the state of Alabama, because that’s just wrong,” Mr. Singleton said on CNN’s “New Day” show.

The Alabama Senate passedthe bill 25-6 Tuesday outlawing abortions, even in cases of rape and incest, and only allowing them when the mother’s life is in danger.

Alabama is one of the various states that have passed laws directly contradicting the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade, and could ultimately overturn the ruling that legalized abortions across the country.

“It’s to address the issue that Roe. v. Wade was decided on. Is that baby in the womb a person?” said Rep. Terri Collins, the bill’s sponsor.