Alabama’s Pro-Life Law Challenges Roe Head-on

Late last week, Alabama’s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most pro-life bill into law thus far. The Alabama Human Life Protection Act makes all abortions illegal except when it is necessary to protect the life of the mother. An abortionist could be sentenced up to 99 years in prison for violating the law, which does not provide exceptions for instances of rape or incest.

“These new protections simply confirm what science and reason tell us about our most vulnerable Americans,” said 40 Days for Life President Shawn Carney. “The unborn should not be discriminated against but protected and given natural human rights. This is a great day for Alabama and America.”

Writing in the Washington Times, Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, said, “No one can enjoy any of the freedoms in America if they are not first given the right to life. While the law is hotly debated, its very existence—and the language included in it—may lead to a shift in our culture, one that will serve to produce long-term effects rather than fleeting reactions.”

But some say the shift needs to go even further with one writer suggesting that women who abort their own babies should not be exempt from criminal responsibility; murder isn’t just the sin of the abortionist.

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