The Alabama State Senate Tuesday approved the strongest pro-life law in the nation, by a 25-6 vote, with one abstention. House Bill 314, sponsored by Representative Terri Collins (R-Decatur), establishes the personhood of the baby in the womb and outlaws surgical abortions as soon as a pregnancy can be medically determined.
“Roe v. Wade has ended the lives of millions of children. While we cannot undo the damage that decades of legal precedence under Roe have caused, this bill has the opportunity to save the lives of millions of unborn children,” said Senator Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville), who sponsored HB314 in the Senate. “Life and liberty are not man given; they are given by our Creator. Today, Alabama made clear that we will protect our rights and the rights of our unborn children.”
“In 1973, unelected judges on the Supreme Court cut short the vigorous national debate over abortion, and imposed a top-down, abortion-on-demand agenda on the entire country. Advances in science since 1973, particularly in ultrasound technology, shows what we know intuitively – a baby in the womb is a person,” Chambliss continued.
House Bill 314 was approved 74-3 by the Alabama House of Representatives, and now goes to Governor Kay Ivey for her signature. The bill contains an exception for abortion if a doctor determines that the pregnancy poses a serious health risk to the mother.
“In November, the voters of Alabama overwhelmingly approved Amendment Two to declare Alabama a pro-life state, and the State Legislature is now carrying out the express will of the people, which is to protect the sanctity of life,” Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) said. “HB314 simply recognizes that an unborn baby is a child who deserves protection — and despite the best efforts of abortion proponents, this bill will become law because Alabamians stand firmly on the side of life.”
Representative Collins praised the State Senate for approving HB314.
“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,” Collins said.
In a press release from the National Abortion Federation, the Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and COE of the NAF, made a statement on Alabama’s passage of a blatant attack on Roe v. Wade.
“In passing this atrocious bill, Alabama’s state legislators have shown their complete disregard for the U.S. Constitution and the needs of their constituents,” Ragsdale said. “Anti-choice politicians have once again demonstrated that they would rather advance their extreme personal agenda than ensure the safety and well-being of their constituents. They are playing games with people’s lives and their constitutionally-protected rights.
“No health care provider should ever fear jail time for providing the safe health care their patients need. No one wants health care providers to have to decide if their patients are close enough to death to risk up to 99 years in prison. This demonizing of abortion providers only emboldens anti-abortion extremists, knowing they have outspoken allies in elected office.
“We and our members will continue fighting to ensure people needing access to abortion care are able to obtain the compassionate health care they need.
“Governor Ivey must put her constituents’ health and rights first and veto this bill.”
About the NAF
The National Abortion Federation is the professional association of abortion providers. Our members include individuals, private and non-profit clinics, Planned Parenthood affiliates, women’s health centers, physicians’ offices, and hospitals who together care for approximately half the women who choose abortion in the U.S. and Canada each year. Our members also include public hospitals and both public and private clinics in Mexico City and private clinics in Colombia. Our mission is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care, which promotes health and justice for women.
In a press release from the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, a Comment on HB314 explained that Tuesday, the Alabama Senate passed HB314, the most restrictive abortion ban in the country which would criminalize abortion with no exception for rape or incest.
The ACLU of Alabama testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week to make sure lawmakers knew that the ACLU would sue if they passed this bill. One of the previous lawsuits against legislation restricting access to abortion cost the state 1.7 million dollars in attorney fees.
Executive Director Randall Marshall said, Tuesday’s decision from the Alabama Senate to pass an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest shows how little they regard bodily autonomy.
“This bill punishes victims of rape and incest by further taking away control over their own bodies and forcing them to give birth,” Marshall said. “While lawmakers could have spent time finding solutions to keep open rural hospitals, increase pay for teachers, and address the critical issues facing Alabama’s prison system, they decided to gamble with taxpayer dollars.
“The ACLU of Alabama, along with the National ACLU and Planned Parenthood, will file a lawsuit to stop this unconstitutional ban and protect every woman’s right to make her own choice about her healthcare, her body, and her future. This bill will not take effect anytime in the near future, and abortion will remain a safe, legal medical procedure at all clinics in Alabama.”