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Ala. Could Consider Bill Extending Mandatory Delay Period for Abortion Next Week

Ala. Could Consider Bill Extending Mandatory Delay Period for Abortion Next Week

March 28, 2014 — While there is less than a week before the Alabama Legislature's 2014 session ends, lawmakers still could vote on a bill (HB 489) that would extend the state's mandatory delay period before an abortion from 24 to 48 hours, WHNT News reports.

The bill has passed the state House and was approved by a state Senate committee earlier this month.

According to sponsor state Rep. Ed Henry (R), the bill would give a woman time "to think about what she's fixing to do, for some type of intervention, for somebody to come in her life and maybe speak a word to her that encourages her not to end the life of that child" (Banaszak, WHNT News, 3/26).