Alabama Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 18)
This law was last updated on Aug 6, 2013
HB 18 bans abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization based on legislative findings that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. The bill permits abortions at or beyond 20 weeks post-fertilization “to prevent the death or serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the woman.” The bill also contains provisions on abortion reporting requirements.
Codified at Ala. Code Section 26-23B-5.