State Lawmakers Aim To Lengthen Abortion Wait Times

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-State lawmakers will conclude the 2014 legislative session one week from Thursday, and one of the key bills that could dominate deadline week deals with abortion.

HB 489 would lengthen the wait times for abortion in Alabama from 24 to 48 hours. Pro-life advocates say waiting one more day does not conflict with current federal statutes that legalized abortion.

Alabama law already requires women to receive information about abortion alternatives and possible health risks from the procedure. Rep. Ed. Henry (R-Hartselle) is sponsoring the bill.

"The decision she makes will absolutely affect her for the rest of her life," said Rep. Henry. "It's just that time we're giving the mother 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."

HB 489 has already passed the House and was approved by a Senate committee earlier this month.

A related bill that would outlaw abortion in instances where the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected also passed the house, but has yet to clear the same Senate committee.

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