Alabama lawmakers are preparing for the day when Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Abortion will not become illegal immediately when Roe is overturned; instead, the power to legislate abortion will return to the states.
On Thursday, the Alabama House passed a bill that would protect unborn babies’ right to life in the event that Roe is overturned; legislators voted 67-14 in favor of the measure, Alabama Media Group reports.
The Associated Press reports the bill would amend the state constitution to declare Alabama a “right to life” state. If the bill passes the state Senate, the amendment also would have to be approved by voters on the 2018 ballot.