Lawmakers in Alabama have adopted a law that makes conducting an abortion punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
The governor signed it late Wednesday.
And lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union or Planned Parenthood are likely, rulings that inevitably would be appealed.
All of a sudden the fight is before the U.S. Supreme Court and abortion business operators see the possibility of Roe v. Wade vanishing in a 5-4 or even 6-3 vote, with yes votes from the two justices appointed by President Trump.
Supporters of the Alabama bill should thank John Rogers.
He’s the Democratic Alabama state representative who drew national attention when he stated publicly regarding abortion, “You kill them now or you kill them later.’
Rogers then came out, and instead of backtracking, announced that U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, another Democrat, agrees.
It’s just one incident that will factor into the debate as pro-lifers see a growing opportunity to overturn Roe.
Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, which has fought in court from sea to sea on behalf of life, commended Alabama lawmakers for their work.
“Roe v. Wade has already ended the lives of more than 62 million children. While we cannot undo the horrendous damage that decades of legal precedence under Roe have caused, this bill is a significant step toward making the womb a safe place in Alabama again,” he said.
“From conception to natural death, every single human life deserves to be protected by law,” said Americans United for Life President Catherine Glenn Foster.
“The violence of abortion is never the answer to the violence of rape. Like other states that have passed laws concerning when life begins, Alabama has relied upon scientific and medical facts. It has also created the opportunity to implement new, comprehensive policies to ensure the most life-affirming outcomes for both the mother and the child throughout life. Alabama has renewed the essential conversation about the meaning of justice and morality, one that starts with recognizing what abortion is: The extinguishing of a unique human life.”
And Marjorie Dannensfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said, “The passage of this pro-life law is a landmark victory for the people of Alabama who, like most Americans, overwhelmingly reject the extreme status quo of abortion on demand imposed nationwide by Roe v. Wade.
“Alabamians have made known their will to protect the unborn, first with last year’s successful ballot initiative to recognize the sanctity and right to life of unborn children, and now through the bold action of the legislature to reject abortion,” she said.
“Across the nation there is growing momentum, informed by science and compassion, and spurred on in reaction to abortion extremism in New York and Virginia, to recognize the humanity of the unborn child in the law. It is clearer than ever that Roe is far from being settled law in the eyes and hearts of the American people, and this is increasingly reflected in state legislatures. The American people want a fresh debate and a new direction, achieved by consensus and built on love for both mothers and babies. The time is coming for the Supreme Court to let that debate go forward.”
It was those comments from Rogers that sparked outrage across the nation.
He was advocating for abortion.
“You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then you send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now or you kill them later,” he said.
Even pro-abortion businesses and their leaders, like Staci Fox of Planned Parenthood Southeast, gasped in horror.
“Not only were his remarks reprehensible, they are a complete distraction from the real work still left to be done in this state,” she said.
His comments came just weeks after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, also a Democrat, sparked a firestorm when he appeared to advocate infanticide.
Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh explained, “What do you expect to happen when the Democrat Party gives standing ovations to legislation permitting the killing of babies who have been born? What do you expect to happen? What does anybody expect? This country has not gone over to the dark side of liberalism, in toto. We haven’t gotten anywhere close to that.”
He said Americans are not in line with the pro-abortion agenda as much as some leftists want.
“So it was only a matter of time and for everybody that thinks what’s going on in Alabama, ‘Well, this is a little over the top, though, Rush. Come on, now. This reaction, this is a little overboard.’ What do you mean, over the top? Where were you when they were giving a standing ovation in the New York state senate, when they passed legislation permitting the killing of babies that had been born?”
Alabama’s HB 314, the Human Life Protection Act,” classifies abortion as a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in jail. It exempts women who receive abortions.
The bills authors and supporters have explained that they want the plan to trigger a court fight that would end up with the revocation of Roe. That would leave decisions about the limits on abortion to the various states.
Just a day ago, James Dobson, president of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk and the James Dobson Family Institute, said he’s praying that the Georgia law which is part of the campaign would play a role in overturning the abortion law
However, Fox News reported Pat Robertson, who long has opposed abortion, said Alabama’s move is too “extreme.”
“I think Alabama has gone too far,” Robertson said Wednesday on his long-running TV program, “The 700 Club.” “It’s an extreme law, and they want to challenge Roe vs. Wade, but my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose.”
The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision created a right to abortion, allowing business operations through which Planned Parenthood gets tens of millions of taxpayer dollars each year.
At that time, science was unclear about the personhood of the unborn.
Blackmun wrote, “If this suggestion of personhood is established, [the pro-abortion] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”
WND reported Rogers’ statement:
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
Mindy Robinson reacted on Twitter: “My adopted friends would bet to differ. Last I checked they were more than happy to be alive and adopted into loving families … and not cut up into pieces and left in a trash can. Explain to me again why Democrats think they’re so morally superior over the rest of us?”
Mitch Fewell credited Rogers with making him feel good about his decision to leave Alabama and move to California, where state officials are prosecuting two pro-life advocates who exposed Planned Parenthood’s sale of the body parts of unborn babies.
“I left Alabama 11 years ago and relocated to California. I want to thank this j—— for making me finally feel like I made the right move,” he tweeted.