Only male Alabama senators voted Tuesday to pass the most restrictive abortion bill in the country, which criminalizes abortion in the state and bans the procedure in nearly all cases including rape and incest.
The bill then went to the desk of the state’s female Republican governor, Kay Ivey, who signed it into law Wednesday.
After hours of debate, the Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 on party lines to pass HB 314.
All of the bill’s 25 “yea” votes were from Republican men, including State Sen. Clyde Chambliss, who ushered the bill through the chamber. The remaining two Republicans, both men, did not vote.