Texas-like abortion bill would let citizens sue providers

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By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A group of Alabama lawmakers have proposed legislation similar to a Texas law that would ban most abortions and allow anyone to file civil lawsuits against violators and collect damages.

Alabama is the latest GOP-led state to see lawmakers propose legislation similar to the Texas law and its citizen-enforcement provision.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday left in place Texas’ ban on most abortions but said providers could sue to challenge the ban.

The bill titled the “Alabama Heartbeat Act” was filed ahead of the 2022 legislative session. It would prohibit medical providers from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

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