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Abortion-Related Bills Speed Through Alabama Panel

Montgomery, AL – A state Senate committee has approved four abortion-related bills.

The Senate Health Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday for a bill saying life begins at fertilization. It also approved bills requiring a doctor to examine a woman before and after prescribing an abortion-inducing drug and requiring a doctor to show ultrasound pictures to a pregnant woman before performing an abortion. The other bill prohibits coverage for abortions in any health care plan provided in Alabama through the federal health care act.

Republican Sen. Phil Williams of Rainbow City sponsored the fertilization bill. He says it will send a message that Alabamians respect the sanctity of life.

Democratic Sen. Linda Coleman of Birmingham notes that she was the only woman on the committee, and she says the men shouldn't be regulating her body.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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