(BBC)- Alabama lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill to outlaw abortion outright in the state, which would become the strictest such law in the US if passed.
The state Senate began debating the measure on Tuesday, and must decide whether to allow exemptions for cases of rape or incest.
The bill was passed 74-3 this month in the state House of Representatives.
Activists hope it will challenge a landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalised abortion in the US.
A final vote could come on Tuesday evening.