Alabama’s new law restricting abortion in nearly every circumstance has moved one of the most polarizing issues in American politics to the center of the 2020 presidential campaign.
The state’s legislation — the toughest of several anti-abortion measures that have passed recently, with the only exception being a serious risk to the woman’s health — prompted an outcry from Democratic presidential candidates, who warned that conservatives were laying the groundwork to undermine the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The White House, meanwhile, didn’t comment on the Alabama bill, signed into law Wednesday by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, as President Donald Trump tries to balance his conservative base against the potential of antagonizing women who are already skeptical of his presidency.
For the record, I am staunchly pro life and thus oppose abortion at any juncture during a pregnancy. But that said, I have a difficult time demanding that a woman endure a pregnancy which is the result of a rape. And I certainly am not one to shame a young lady for making what I'm certain is a heart-wrenching decision to terminate a pregnancy for any reason. That's why I've felt the best way to severely limit (and ultimately eradicate) the number of abortions being performed is by changing hearts and minds. For example, seeing an ultrasound of the baby certainly goes a long way in appealing to a pregnant woman's sensibilities about whether she's carrying a viable human being inside her.
A couple of other thoughts:
- Given the abortion-on-demand bill which passed in New York (and was proposed in Virginia) mobilized the pro-life crowd, I suspect this Alabama law will have a similar impact among the pro
- Speaking of chanting points:
Not one uterus. NOT ONE UTERUS. https://t.co/WDnTzrU00Z— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 15, 2019
Conveniently left out of the "Handmaid's Tale" narrative is the fact the sponsor of this bill was Rep. Terri Collins....a woman. And the person who signed this legislation into law was Gov. Kay Ivey. Yep. Also a woman. Oh, maybe attend a pro life rally one of these days. You'll undoubtedly find the majority of advocates are indeed....**wait for it. wait for it**.....WOMEN!
Nice try though.