Several states have implemented very restrictive abortion bills, but the state Senate of Alabama, which is controlled by Republicans, passed a controversial bill, 25 to 6, that makes performing the procedure a felony offense. The state is one signature away from implementing the most restrictive ban on abortions in the nation. The bill bans an abortion at all stages of pregnancy, with no exception for rape and incest victims. The law only allows exceptions “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother,” for ectopic pregnancy and if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.” Democrats re-introduced an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, but the motion failed on an 11 to 21 vote. The punishment for doctors caught performing an abortion is up to 99 years in prison. The woman seeking the abortion would not be prosecuted.
Although the bill wouldn’t take effect until at least six months after it is signed by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) (hopefully it won’t pass), it is sad and disgusting that it is even up for debate. Who do these people think they are? Shouldn’t a woman have full control over her body and shouldn’t whatever decision she makes be between her and her God? These people are acting as if they are the Higher Power and are in control of peoples’ lives. STOP TRYING TO BE GOD. THAT’S JUST NOT YOUR JOB. Are they aware of the message they are sending to the little girls and women of this nation? According to huffpost.com, there are only three abortion clinics left in Alabama. Let me break this down for you…
The Human Life Protection Act is a state law passed by the South Dakota State Legislature in early 2006. It emerged as an effort to overturn Roe v. Wade. It says that doctors who perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy could face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. The only exception in the legislation is in cases where the life of the pregnant woman is at risk. It was vetoed by governor Mike Rounds due to technicality and was repealed by South Dakota voters in 2006 in favor of Roe v. Wade. It is being said that the Alabama abortion ban is a part of a personal agenda to push the Supreme Court to overturn its landmark Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing abortion access nearly 50 years ago. According to CNN, Alabama state Rep. Terry Collins (R), who sponsored the abortion bill said, “This bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn, because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection.”
The New York Times states that opponents have vowed to challenge the measure in federal court if it becomes law. Even the legislation’s supporters expect that a lower court will block the measure. But it was drafted with exactly that in mind. The ban’s architects, reflecting the rising confidence of abortion critics nationwide after the appointment of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, hope that the justices will use the case to reconsider the central holding in Roe and allow the Alabama measure to take effect. “Until now, there was no prospect of reversing Roe,” said Eric Johnston, who founded the Alabama Pro-Life Coalition and serves as its president, and has spent more than 30 years trying to ban abortion.
Why does it feel like the world is moving backwards instead of forward?
*I found out later on the day that I had written this post, that the Governor of Alabama had signed the bill therefore making it a law! Planned Parenthood said, “See you in court Alabama. We haven’t lost a case yet, and we don’t plan to start now.”