Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most anti-abortion bill in the country into law on Wednesday, providing a much needed victory for pro-lifers who have been fighting for a long time to get a state to pass a bill like this one.
The Human Life Protection Act essentially bans nearly all abortions in the state, which will no doubt lead progressives to take the bill to the Supreme Court where Roe v. Wade could be challenged and overturned, the ultimate desire of those who seek to abolish this disgusting practice.
Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God. https://t.co/DwKJyAjSs8 pic.twitter.com/PIUQip6nmw
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) May 15, 2019
The law makes nearly all abortions in the state illegal and makes performing an abortion a felony offense punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The lone exception to the law is if a mother’s life is at risk. The Daily Wire reports:
While the law bans most abortions in Alabama, section 4b lists certain exceptions. “An abortion shall be permitted,” the law explains, “if an attending physician licensed in Alabama determines that an abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.” If the pregnancy poses a serious risk to the life of the mother, the law permits abortion.
Ivey released this statement shortly after signing the bill into law:
Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
To all Alabamians, I assure you that we will continue to follow the rule of law.
In all meaningful respects, this bill closely resembles an abortion ban that has been a part of Alabama law for well over 100 years. As today’s bill itself recognizes, that longstanding abortion law has been rendered “unenforceable as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.”
No matter one’s personal view on abortion, we can all recognize that, at least for the short term, this bill may similarly be unenforceable. As citizens of this great country, we must always respect the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court even when we disagree with their decisions. Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur.
I want to commend the bill sponsors, Rep. Terri Collins and Sen. Clyde Chambliss, for their strong leadership on this important issue.
For the remainder of this session, I now urge all members of the Alabama Legislature to continue seeking the best ways possible to foster a better Alabama in all regards, from education to public safety. We must give every person the best chance for a quality life and a promising future.
As you might imagine, those on the left in favor of preserving the right to murder unborn children have been up in arms over the signing of this bill into law, claiming all sorts of false things about the legislation.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed the bill would criminalize women who had an abortion, but that’s not true. It criminalizes abortionists. Big difference.
At the end of the day, the unborn are our most defenseless citizens who are having their most basic right, the right to exist, trampled on by irresponsible miscreants who want the pleasures of sex without the responsibility.
Laws like this are now necessary if we want to protect the rights of the unborn and all of our other rights along with it.
Let’s hope this leads to a challenge of Roe v. Wade that ends with abortion criminalized everywhere.
Source: Daily Wire