The pro-life governor of Alabama signed an expansive anti-abortion bill into law this week that would criminalize the killing of the unborn. Gov. Kay Ivey said, “All human life is precious.”
That hasn’t been the case for decades, as far as the abortion lobby is concerned. Pro-lifers at the very least want Planned Parenthood, which receives half a billion in taxpayers’ money every year and kills over 300,000 every year, barred from receiving any taxpayers’ money, regardless of how the accounting book says the money is used.
“You certainly cannot deter your efforts to protect the unborn because of cost, even if it means going to the United States Supreme Court,” Gov. Ivey said.
Is this law a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, destined to end up argued before the high court? Seven of nine Supreme Court justices contended in 1973 that the U.S. Constitution protected a previous unknown right of privacy for women to kill their unborn children until they could live outside the womb. In the case of viability, they argued, the state has a compelling interest to protect the human. After the first trimester, the woman’s “right” to kill her offspring is restricted.
Lawmakers in Alabama went for it, making it illegal for any doctor to kill an unborn baby in the state. From USA Today:
The legislation was drafted by Eric Johnston of the Alabama Pro-Life Coalition and framed as an explicit attempt to challenge Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down state bans on abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy.
The bill, if it becomes law, would allow abortions only if the life of the woman was threatened; if the woman had a mental illness that could result in “her death or the death of her unborn child;” or if the fetus had a fatal anomaly that would result in stillbirth or its death after birth.
As the measure recognizes, there might be compelling reasons for a woman to stop the pregnancy, namely, self-defense — continuing the pregnancy might kill her. But the vast majority of abortions in the U.S. are convenience-based, first-trimester abortions.
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