The Director of External Affairs at pro-life group Live Action has said that the United States is becoming more “pro-life” after Alabama's Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion.
The bill excludes women ever being penalised for this. The abortion providers are the ones who know about the level of development of a child.
The Republican-dominated Alabama Senate voted 25-6 for the bill that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison.
The only exception would be when the woman's health is at serious risk.
Alison Howard Centofante told talkRADIO’s Julia Bradbury that she “applauds” Alabama for “protecting pre-born life”.
“The United States is becoming more and more pro-life,” she said.
“It is a twisted idea that there is a woman’s right to kill a child.”
In January this year, the Marist Poll Survey found that three quarters of Americans said abortion should be limited to the first three months of pregnancy.
Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a foetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy.
The Alabama bill goes further by seeking to outlaw abortion outright.
There would be no punishment for the woman receiving the abortion, only for the abortion provider.
A crowd of about 50 people held a rally outside the Alabama Statehouse, chanting, "Whose choice? Our choice."
Several women dressed as characters from The Handmaid's Tale, which depicts a dystopian future where fertile women are forced to breed.
If signed into law, the bill would take effect in six months.