Alabama politicians have postponed efforts to pass a draconian abortion measure after shouting and chaos erupted in the legislative chamber. Legislators were poised to pass what would have been the toughest restrictions in the United States and would have placed Alabama residents on a par with those in many parts of the developing world in terms of access to abortion. The legislation would also make it a felony offence for doctors to carry out the procedure, with a maximum punishment of 99 years in jail. This week, an amendment was added that would have also permitted access to abortion in cases of rape and incest. Reports suggest that shouting and arguing broke out in the legislative chamber, located in the city of Montgomery, after Republicans sought to have those exemptions removed. The move shocked senate minority leader Bobby Singleton, a Democrat, who could be seen on video taken inside the chamber, calling for a roll call on every measure concerning the bill.
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The fight erupted on the Senate floor as a Democrat-Republican duel over redrawing congressional and legislative districts escalated. Sam Vadalabene, 66, and Mark Rhoads, 34, had to be pulled apart and physically restrained after tangling. Neither appeared to be seriously hurt but both were shaking as they were led from the ornate chamber by other senators. The diminutive Vadalabene, D-Edwardsville, said he hit Rhoads 'right on the jaw.
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The three top Republicans vying for a chance to take on incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala. Bradley Byrne — have each launched a series of nasty ads slamming one another and fighting for who is most aligned with President Trump.
However, Strange declined to say if he thought he could win without a runoff, citing turnout. Despite both the endorsement of Trump via a Tuesday tweet backing of millions of dollars in advertising by a super political action committee tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Strange has found himself in what could be a tight Republican primary race with firebrand challengers. Those rivals include Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore — who was twice removed from office over stances for the public display of the Ten Commandments and against gay marriage — and U. Mo Brooks, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who is backed by tea party voters in the state.