Alabama Republicans want to overturn Roe v. Wade. Their strategy could backfire.

One of the most controversial parts of the near-total abortion ban passed by the Alabama legislature on Tuesday was the lack of exceptions for rape or incest, a common carveout in even the strictest anti-abortion legislation.

At one point during Tuesday’s contentious, hours-long debate over the bill, Alabama Sen. Bobby Singleton, a Democrat, pointed out that under the new bill, an abortion provider could spend more time in prison than a rapist.

Sponsors of the bill, which now awaits Republican Gov. Kay Ivey’s signature, say the lack of exceptions is necessary to get the ban in front of the Supreme …

Alabama legislators just passed a near-total ban on abortion

Alabama legislators on Tuesday approved a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state, with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

Under the bill, which now goes to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature, an abortion would only be legal if the pregnant person’s life is at risk. A doctor who performs an abortion for any other reason could face up to 99 years in prison. Some say doctors will be too worried about criminal penalties to perform abortions even under those circumstances.

“It’ll be the most restrictive and extreme abortion ban in the …