Republican lawmakers in Alabama Thursday were prepared to OK what would have been the most restrictive abortion law in the nation, outlawing the procedure except in cases of rape, incest or a “serious” risk to the mother. But those plans were put on hold at the last minute when some GOPers proposed getting rid of the rape and incest exceptions.

Protesters had already massed against passage of the bill. The legislation called for jailing doctors up to 99 years for performing abortions. A version of the bill passed by the Alabama House already had no exceptions for rape or incest.