Bill to outlaw most abortions in Alabama to get hearing

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama lawmakers are considering legislation that seeks to ban almost all abortions in the state.

The House Health Committee on Wednesday morning will hold a public hearing on the bill that would declare it a felony to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion on a woman.

The proposal is in direct conflict with Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Republican Rep. Terri Collins said the goal is to spark court cases that could prompt justices to revisit the Roe decision

Randall Marshall of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama says the bill is one of the most extreme abortion restrictions proposed in the country.

The hearing is expected to bring a large turnout. Opponents plan a morning rally at the Alabama Statehouse.