A bill to prohibit a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure has advanced in the Alabama Legislature.
The Senate voted 30-2 today for Republican Sen. Phil Williams' bill. A companion bill in the House has passed out of committee.
The legislation would prohibit a procedure called dilation and evacuation, or "D&E." The bill would allow the procedure in the event of a "serious health risk to the mother."
The bill's supporters describe the procedure as "heinous" and "barbaric."