Yesterday, the overwhelmingly Republican Alabama state senate passed draconian abortion legislation, which was quickly signed into law by Republican Governor Kay Ivey.
The abortion ban – which would not go into effect for at least six months – has only three exceptions: serious health risk to the mother, ectopic pregnancy (outside the womb) and if the the child has a “lethal anomaly” – i.e. would not be expected to survive). Rape and incest are not among them.
According to Governor Ivey, a key reason for signing this legislation into law is to force the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v Wade. In her own words:
“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.”
In other words, “We know this will not make it through the Supreme Court, but we hope it will take Roe v Wade down with it.
Not surprisingly, media are all over this legislation. And, also not surprising, most media are extremely negative on it.
As they should be, in my opinion.
For whatever it’s worth, I believe the overriding issue in abortion is whether and when there is a live child. And while it is true that, as a matter of biological science, conception is the beginning of life development, I do not accept the premise that there is a live child at that point. I believe that when there is a beating heart and brain activity, development has progressed to the point where there is a live child.
Regarding Roe v Wade, I have never understood what constitutional basis there was for that ruling. Abortion is not mentioned in the constitution, nor is any definition of when life begins. But, that said, a Supreme Court in 1973 disagreed with me, other Supreme Courts have left it in place since then, and I’m pretty sure we’ll all agree those folks know a bit more about the law than I do.
So Alabama has its ‘in your face, take it to the Supremes” law in place, and we’ll see where it goes from here.
One other thing, though. For months, Democrats have promoted, and celebrated, legislation that would legalize “abortion” right up to the moment of conception. And Democrats in several states – Virginia most prominent among them – along with the U.S. Senate as well – stand in opposition to laws that would protect children who were born alive, as the result of failed abortion attempts. In other words, they support infanticide.
Try to find even a fraction of the coverage that has received, versus what you will see/hear about Alabama in the next few days. Then, please, think about what that tells you.