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Dem Senate leader on abortion vote: 'It's a sad day in Alabama'

The Hill logo The Hill 5/15/2019 Zack Budryk
State Senator Bobby Singleton speaks during a vote on the anti-abortion bill in Montgomery, Alabama, on May 14, 2019. © Chris Aluka Berry State Senator Bobby Singleton speaks during a vote on the anti-abortion bill in Montgomery, Alabama, on May 14, 2019.

A Democratic Alabama lawmaker called it a sad day for the state after the state Senate approved legislation outlawing abortion, including in cases of rape and incest.

"It's a sad day in Alabama; I feel like crying," state Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D) said Tuesday.

"But I'm going to hold back my tears, because what you just said to my little girl is that it's OK for a man to rape you, and you've got to have his baby if you get pregnant. You just said to my little girl ... you don't matter in the state of Alabama."

"I've got to go home and tell her, 'the state of Alabama don't care nothing about you, baby,'" Singleton added.

The bill passed Tuesday in a 25-6 vote, which sends the measure to the desk of Gov. Kay Ivey (R), who has not yet indicated whether she will sign it.

The bill would impose penalties on doctors who perform abortions, including a sentence of up to 99 years in prison. It would ban abortion in all cases except where the procedure is necessary to save a mother's life.

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