‘This bill goes directly to the question of personhood…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., attacked pro-lifers as “extreme” and callous” just days before the Alabama state Senate is scheduled to vote on a pro-life bill that would outlaw abortion entirely in the event that federal precedent was overturned.
“These Republican legislators, who are overwhelmingly men, are so extreme and so callous that they would support a bill that denies a woman a constitutional right that they have had for decades,” Jones complained in a video on Monday. “They would take away that right and make their doctors and healthcare providers criminals.”
Last week, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill threatening a woman’s ability to make her own health care choices. Doug wanted to take a moment to share a few thoughts on why we have to stand united against this extreme attack on women’s rights: pic.twitter.com/ohRH0cU5PQ
— Doug Jones HQ (@DougJonesHQ) May 14, 2019
The bill, however, has received widespread support from Alabama voters, who approved a measure in 2018 to “recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life,” according the America Rising PAC.
The bill would make it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy, effectively banning abortion in the state. It passed the Republican-controlled House overwhelmingly with a 74-3 vote. State Republicans said the bill was written to directly contradict Roe v. Wade, in the hopes that the conservative-stacked Supreme Court will overturn Roe and ban abortion nationwide.
Jones and other Alabama Democrats have railed against the bill, delaying the state Senate’s vote by more than a week.
Democratic state Rep. John Rogers claimed the bill was discriminatory because “some children are just unwanted,” and therefore, women should have the right to abort their unborn children.
“You either kill them now or you kill them later in the electric chair,” Rogers said.
Jones publicly denounced Rogers’s comments, but privately defended him and told him he was “right,” according to Rogers.
Republican state Sen. Clyde Chambliss said Alabama’s bill isn’t about abortion access or the right to privacy, but about “the right of an unborn child to live.”
“This bill goes directly to the question of personhood,” Chambliss said, according to Time magazine.
“That child has the right to develop and be delivered without its privacy being invaded, invaded by forceps and scalpels,” he said.