Alabama House passes four abortion bills
Alabama is now on course to have some of the strongest abortion regulations in the nation.
House members voted on four separate bills to tighten abortion regulations and all four are now headed to the Senate.
While some Republicans pushed to pass these bills some female democrats raised concerns saying they could lead to more unsafe, back room abortions.
"Life is a right."
Four abortion bills are now cleared by the Alabama house. While Republicans and Democrats agree life is sacred, concerns were raised over the government's role in women's choices.
Representative Mary Moore says "I know it's your national agenda that you continue to make the minds up for women who find themselves in this situation for whatever reason."
Representative Pebblin Warren had this to say, "We have so many of them now that are having babies trying to flush them in the commode, throwing them in trash cans because we're making it that way."
Members of the house voted to extend the waiting period before an abortion from 24 to 48 hours.
They also approved the fetal heartbeat bill sponsored by Representative Mary Sue McClurkin. It prevents abortion after a fetal heartbeat is found.
"This one would make it such that they would realize there's a life, if there's a heart beat, there's a life they're killing."
The other two bills include requiring parents to show parental proof before giving a child consent for an abortion and women are required to be given information on perinatal hospice services before terminating a fetus with fatal problems.
While lawmakers debated at the capital, pro life groups here in Birmingham met to pray for the one remaining abortion clinic.
Ed Carrick says "We think it's important that these bills come forward and that they be passed because of the harm and hurt that it will avoid and stop in the lives of so many people.."
Representative Patricia Todd did suggest an amendment for the fetal heartbeat bill. She proposed there would be a million dollar appropriation from the General Fund to the Department of Human Resources to encourage adoptions.
These bills will now go to the Senate for a vote.