(Tea Party PAC) – Alabama may be about to pass the nation’s strictest abortion restrictions and the left is having an absolute meltdown, as is to be expected.
On Tuesday, the Alabama State Senate passed House Bill 314 by a 25-6 vote.
The Bill does not include exceptions for rape or incest, only exceptions in the case that the life of the mother is threatened, and stipulates serious prison time for doctors who perform abortions.
Before passing the bill, the Senate rejected an amendment to include exemptions for rape or incest by a 21-11 margin.
HB 314 was passed by the Alabama House of Representatives by a 74-3 margin.
All that is needed now is the governor’s signature.
Proponents of the bill argue that the strictness of the bill is meant to establish a baby in the womb as a person.
“We aimed for language that addresses the language of Roe v. Wade,” the bill’s sponsor Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur) said at a public event last week. “The decision was based on someone in utero, someone pregnant so we don’t get into conception. We don’t get into birth control. We don’t get into the morning-after pill, but in utero, which is the language they used that when a woman is pregnant. This bill criminalizes abortion through the doctor. And not the woman, but the doctor.
“The reasoning is the same reasoning, Roe v. Wade was decided that the baby in the womb was not a person,” she continued. “So this bill bases its reasoning that the baby in the womb is a person. And we based it on the fact that in Alabama law, we currently consider the baby in the womb a person. If you were a drunk driver and you killed a pregnant woman, you have a double homicide on your hands. We voted as a state to be a pro-life state.”
To add an exemption for rape or incest would undermine the argument, Collins explained.
“The biggest thing to attack it with is to say, ‘What, you’re not going to include rape and incest?’” she said. “Well, how do we say, ‘The baby inside is a person unless they’re conceived in rape or incest’?”
State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattvile), who spearheaded the bill’s passage through the State Senate, said it demonstrats Alabama’s loyalty to the pro-life movement.
“Life and liberty are not man given; they are given by our Creator,” State Sen. Clyde Chambliss after the bill passed the State Senate. “Today, Alabama made clear that we will protect our rights and the rights of our unborn children.”
State Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham) attracted national media attention during the State House’s deliberations over the bill when he made some highly controversial remarks in defense of keeping abortion illegal in the state of Alabama.
“Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now, or you kill them later,” Rogers said. “You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now, or you kill them later.”
Alabama State Rep. John Rogers (D) on abortion: “Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later” pic.twitter.com/dxPg6X759h
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 1, 2019
On CNN’s New Day, Alabama State Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D) compared the bill passing the State Senate to the act of rape itself.
As the Alabama Senate passed a near-total abortion ban, State Sen. Bobby Singleton says he spoke out against it because of his daughters.
— CNN (@CNN) May 15, 2019
Meanwhile, 2020 contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) bemoaned the bill, which she called “dangerous and exceptionally cruel.”
“This ban is dangerous and exceptionally cruel—and the bill’s authors want to use it to overturn Roe v. Wade,” Warren wrote on Twitter in reaction Tuesday.
“I’ve lived in that America and let me tell you: We are not going back—not now, not ever. We will fight this. And we will win.”
This ban is dangerous and exceptionally cruel—and the bill’s authors want to use it to overturn Roe v. Wade. I've lived in that America and let me tell you: We are not going back—not now, not ever. We will fight this. And we will win. https://t.co/WNlr7Ys73q
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 15, 2019