An Alabama “personhood” bill which would have effectively banned abortion in the state failed to make it to a vote Thursday in the House of Representatives.
After House Democrats mounted a filibuster, the House adjourned before getting to Republican Rep. Ed Henry’s proposed constitutional amendment.
With only five meeting days left in the legislative session, it’s unlikely the bill will come to the floor again. “There’s no time,” Henry said. “It’s essentially dead.”
Henry’s bill sought to legally define a fetus as a person from the moment of fertilization. The bill’s language, if approved by Alabama voters, would have effectively banned abortion and could have affected some forms of birth control and in-vitro fertilization techniques.
Brock Boone, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, last month called the bill an “attack on women.” In addition to the bill’s effects on abortion, Boone warned it could render some forms of birth control the “legal equivalent of homicide.”
Henry last week said his bill was not a “direct attack” on abortion, but Alabamians should have a chance to express their opinions.