Abortion opponents rally outside Alabama Statehouse as lawmakers consider new restrictions

Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin addresses new bills that would put restrictions on abortion in Alabama, Tuesday, February 25, 2014. (

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Abortion opponents will rally outside the Alabama Statehouse as lawmakers consider a series of bills putting new restrictions on abortion.

One of the bills would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, a measure both sides say would be destined for a court battle if it became law.

The Alabama Citizens for Life Pro-Life Legislative Rally will begin Tuesday at noon. The House Health Committee will vote on the fetal heartbeat bill on Tuesday. The committee will also vote on three other bills. One would increase the waiting period before an abortion. A second would require parents to present proof of parenthood when giving parental consent for an abortion. A third would require parents seeking an abortion because of fetal defects to be advised about prenatal hospice.