But will Republican Gov. Kay Ivey sign the bill into law?
Alabama’s Senate passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, 25-6. It now heads to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.
The bill makes it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion. Usually, states have exceptions in cases of rape, incest, and if the mother’s life is in danger. Alabama’s bill only allows an abortion if the mother is in danger.
The Human Life Protection Act, the name of the bill, states doctors face 10-99 years in prison. The woman will not receive felony charges if she has an abortion.
The legislature passed the bill to protect the life of an unborn human being. However, the author made her intention known that she wants to force abortion back into the courts. From The Blaze (emphasis mine):
Under the bill, abortion is banned in all cases except in situations when it would be necessary in order to save the life of the mother. There are no exceptions for rape or incest, which the author, state Rep. Terri Collins, said was intentional in order to give the bill a higher chance of forcing federal court, and eventually Supreme Court challenges.
Mothers who get abortions would not be prosecuted under this law. Those who perform abortions would be criminally charged and could face between 10 and 99 years in prison if convicted.
This bill, which goes even further toward banning abortion than Georgia’s pro-life “heartbeat” abortion law, is another attempt to force the issue of abortion before the Supreme Court with the aim of weakening or overturning Roe v. Wade.
The Washington Post reported that Collins said her bill is to challenge “Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection.”
I guess state legislatures want to push abortion in the courts because President Donald Trump has placed two more conservatives on the Supreme Court. Both of those men told the Senate that Roe v. Wade is established law and will follow precedent, but who knows? Maybe they will change their minds.
As much as I hate abortion, Roe vs. Wade will not go away until the government defines life. I encourage people to end abortion by changing people’s hearts and minds. Science provides the obvious answer, which I provided in my post about Georgia’s heartbeat law.
Ivey will receive the bill Wednesday, but no one knows how she will vote. Her deputy press secretary said that Ivey will not provide any comments on the bill “until she has had a chance to thoroughly review the final version of the bill that passed.”
Ivey has “made statements supporting pro-life positions, including bans without exceptions for rape or incest.” Considering this bill does not include those exceptions, it would not surprise me if she chooses not to sign the bill.
Of course, the bill has caused the left to become unhinged and go heavy on the hyperbole. Oh my goodness Alabama’s law shows The Handmaid’s Tale is coming to America! Evil males want to control a woman’s body! Democratic State Rep. Bobby Singleton even declared that those who voted for the bill “just raped the state of Alabama yourself.”
Goodness. What a slap in the face to actual rape victims. The Washington Examiner reported other comments from Democrats:
In the Alabama Senate on Tuesday, Democrats said it was wrong for the government to make decisions about pregnancies on behalf of women and their families, and worried about girls who become pregnant after being victims of incest.
“This is strictly about choice,” said Democratic state Sen. Rodger Smitherman during debate on the floor ahead of the vote. “If it’s a woman it should be her choice.”
Democrats also argued that the state would spend too much money litigating the decision, at a time when Republicans have said there isn’t enough money for the state to fund healthcare services.
Democratic state Sen. Vivian Figures offered an amendment that would have attorney fees to defend the law paid for by the members of the legislature who voted in favor of the bill.
“You’re wiling to gamble that it’s going to do what you want it to do, then you all will have no problem dividing whatever [that fee] is going to be,” Figures said when she introduced the amendment, which was voted down.
I honestly do not think this will hold up in the courts until the government defines life. Even with science right in their face, they avoid this subject like the plague.DONATE
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