Alabama is courageously challenging the abortion cartel in America.
I’m Brian Fisher, President of Human Coalition.
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Alabama governor Kay Ivey just signed a historic pro-life bill into law.
The Alabama Abortion Ban is the strongest pro-life bill ever signed into law in America.
The law bans abortion in all cases except when the physical health of the mother is actually in danger, and when the preborn child has a so-called lethal anomaly.
While the goal of the pro-life movement is to make all abortions completely unthinkable and unavailable, the nature of our legal system often results in incremental steps toward abolishing abortion.
However, Alabama shocked the abortion industry by passing a law that is very close to our ultimate pro-life goal — closer than any other incremental law that we have seen in recent years.
The uproar from our opponents and the media has been shrill and predictably misinformed.
So a few facts:
- The Alabama Abortion Ban increases punishments for abortionists – which are the individuals who directly kill preborn children.
- And the ban explicitly clarifies that mothers cannot be punished for undergoing an abortion.
The law is technically scheduled to go into effect in November of this year.
But that is not likely to happen – and the bill’s sponsors know that.
Why? Because past Supreme Court rulings make it very difficult to pass pro-life laws at the state level.
The Supreme Court actually prohibits states from protecting preborn children outside of some narrow exceptions.
But at its heart, the Abortion Ban in Alabama was created to directly challenge those rulings.
The Alabama legislature passed the bill with the expectation and intention of legal challenges in the lower courts.
Their hope is that the bill will be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court.
There, they hope, the Supreme Court will take up the case and rule on it.
Alabama wants the Supreme Court to reconsider its position that the preborn child is not a legal person.
The central claim of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that created this so-called right to abortion, is that:
- Women have a Constitutional right to privacy that somehow inexplicably includes the right to kill a preborn child, and that
- the preborn child is not a legal person, and is therefore not entitled to due process and protection under the law.
The Supreme Court itself acknowledged however, that Roe “collapses” if in fact the “personhood [of the fetus] is established.”
The preborn child’s right to life would actually, “be specifically
guaranteed” by the very Amendment the Court used to conjure up the woman’s so-called “right” to abortion in the first place.
The Alabama Abortion Ban, by contrast, recognizes that preborn child as a legal person from the very moment of conception.
- Will it make it to the Supreme Court?
- If so, how will the Court rule?
- If the Court doesn’t take the case, what will be the impact on pro-life strategy?
These are very important questions that we should be contemplating even now.
For the moment, we need to acknowledge that the government of Alabama was very courageous to take on the abortion status quo and to directly, openly challenge the most heinous Supreme Court decision in history as well as challenging abortion-loving elitists.
Not only does the abortion industry have a powerful and extremely well-funded political arm;
It also has the support of Hollywood and many, many very influential media empires. And the blow-back has already been severe.
Alabama has shown us all that when it comes to doing what is right, we cannot allow our fears to hold us back.
Now is not the time to back down. We must in fact, redouble our effort to stand alongside courageous states like Alabama in defending pre-born children and their moms.
So please join me in celebrating their bravery, but also in recommitting to making abortion unthinkable… and unavailable… in our lifetime.