The Alabama State Senate erupted into chaos on Thursday after members of the Republican Party tried to jam through a bill that would have made having an abortion punishable by 99 years in prison — without even allowing exceptions for cases of rape and incest.
AL.com reports that the Republican caucus in the Alabama Senate ignited a firestorm in the chamber when they removed an amendment in their anti-abortion bill that would have exempted women who had abortions after being raped from being punished by decades in prison.
This led to furious objections by Democratic lawmakers, who eventually succeeded in getting the Republicans to table the motion and push back a final vote on it until next week.
According to AL.com, Democratic senators led by Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton “strongly objected to Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, who presides over the Senate, for his quick gavel on tabling the rape and incest amendment on a voice vote, meaning there is no recorded vote.”
The Alabama Senate has made its anti-abortion bill so punitive in the hopes of drawing a Supreme Court challenge that will lead to the overturn of Roe-v-Wade.
Watch the video below.
BREAKING: Alabama Republicans just tried to sneak through a measure that would make nearly all abortions a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison without even so much as a normal a roll call vote.
Watch all hell breaking loose on the Alabama Senate floor: pic.twitter.com/C9KKSGqbqG
— Arlen Parsa (@arlenparsa) May 9, 2019
Trump brutally fact-checked by CNN host for lying and blame-shifting about shortages of US pandemic supplies
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Using clips of the president's ever-evolving excuses and contradictions, the CNN host took apart Trump's blame-spreading.
"This morning, a fact check," the CNN host began. "Hospitals across the country are desperate to find the gowns and the gloves and the face shields. And some states have received millions of pieces of that personal protective equipment and the N95 masks from the federal government, but now President Trump says that the strategic national stockpile is nearly depleted of those supplies."
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Two missing members of Kennedy family now presumed dead
Two members of the Kennedy political dynasty, including a grand-niece of John F. Kennedy, are now presumed dead after they went missing during a canoe trip, the family said Saturday.
It looks to be the latest chapter of heartbreak for a family that has suffered tragedy after tragedy, in the form of untimely deaths, since President Kennedy himself was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.
This time it involves a grand-niece of the late president, Maeve Kennedy McKean, 40, and her eight-year-old son Gideon. They disappeared Thursday while canoeing in the South River in Maryland, near the vast Chesapeake Bay, Governor Larry Hogan said Friday.