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Reaction from Connecticut to Alabama abortion law

(WTNH) - Alabama senators voted 25-6 Tuesday to pass the most restrictive abortion bill in the country.

The bill bans nearly all abortions except those that put the mother's health at risk. 

The governor has signed the bill, which has turned the ban into law, ABC News reports.

Alabama Democrats advocated for an amendment that would make exceptions in cases of rape and incest, but that ultimately failed.

"Because you don't care nothing about babies, having babies in this state being raped and incest. You don't care anything about mothers with children with low birth weight. You don't care anything about babies, for real. You just kick them in the stomach and you abort them yourself," Sen. Bobby Singleton (D-Alabama) said.

Planned Parenthood officials in New Haven said what's happening in Alabama is concerning for the nation. 

"This will provide the opportunity to reverse four decades of precedent and reverse the fundamental right to abortion," stated Planned Parenthood of Southern New England Spokesperson Kafi Rouse.

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Supporters want Alabama's bill to reach the Supreme Court in an effort to reverse Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision establishing a woman's right to abortion. 

"Here in Connecticut, Roe v. Wade is codified, but it is a national effort and we should be concerned," Rouse said.

In 1990, Connecticut codified Roe v. Wade into state law, so even if the Supreme Court overturns it, Connecticut women would still have access to abortions.

Planned Parenthood is fighting to get similar bills passed in other states, including neighboring Rhode Island and New York.

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